Added to my ever growing “to do” list is writing a “multicultural” children’s book. Of course, first I’d actually have to start reading children’s book. I figure they’re a bit like poetry where every word is important and the less words you use to get your point across, the better.
I’m already stockpiling books for my imaginary children. So far, my library consists of three books—two Jewish and one not.
My Peanut Butter Big Brother by Selina Alko
A yummy tale told from the perspective of a “peanut butter big brother” who is trying to imagine what his new little sibling will look like after his “strawberries and cream” mother and “chocolate bar” father merge. It’s very silly but endearing and it also made me hungry for sweets.
I Love Jewish Faces by Debra B. Darvick
I sent this off to my favorite seven-year-old and she loved it because she could read it all by herself. The multicultural bent to this soft-cover book is mostly in the photographs that show a wide array of ethnically and racially diverse Jews–lovely! I’m expecting some extra copies of this from the author and as soon as I get them, I’ll be holding a contest!
Jalapeño Bagels by Natasha Wing
I finally got my hands on a copy of this book from the library. I love you, New York Public Library! Besos! Besos! The story follows a half-Mexican (on his mother’s side), half-Ashkenazi (on his father’s side) boy as he tries to figure out what tasty treat to bring to school from his parent’s bakery for a foodie show and tell-type homework assignment. He decides on jalapeno bagels–the perfect blend of his mother and his father’s cultures.