Monday, January 25, 2016

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016: Reviewing Gayle Swift's Adoption ABC's -- by Christy Mihaly

It's that time again! Multicultural Children's Book Day is coming on Wednesday, January 27th, and GROG is happy to be participating for the second year. 

Readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians can read book reviews, find author visits, and attend fun events to celebrate MCCBD. Follow along on Twitter and other social media at: #ReadYourWorld

MCCBD's mission is: 
to raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, 
to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries.

Today for MCCBD, I'm sharing an ABC book about adoption, including culturally diverse adoption. ABC, Adoption & ME is an award-winning picture book written by Gayle Swift. She is an Author Sponsor of MCCBD, and founder of GIFT Family Services, which supports families around adoption. Gayle Swift also has personal experience with adoption and fostering. Her daughter, Casey Swift, an adoptee, collaborated in the writing of the book. Paul Griffin illustrated. 

ABC, Adoption & Me presents a range of topics of interest and concern to adoptive families, in an ABC format. Narrated by an adopted child, it's intended to stimulate meaningful conversations among families about adoption issues from A to Z. 

Here are three of my favorites: 

The illustrations show that many adoptions are multiracial and/or multicultural, and that all families are different. 

The authors include helpful additional information to guide adults in using the book. For example, while reading the pages with your child, explore his or her reactions. How is your family different from the pictured family? How is it similar? How do your feelings compare with those of the child in the book? 

As the book's note to parents explains, adopted children may have questions and fears, and their feelings about adoption may sometimes be "stormy." The authors urge adoptive parents to help their children "braid [their] dual heritage into healthy unity." Kudos to Gayle Swift for creating this helpful resource for adoptive families and foster families who are doing the important work of building happy, healthy families. 

ABC, Adoption & Me is available at Barnes & Noble and elsewhere online. See more about Gayle and her book on her website and Facebook.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 
Medallion Level Sponsors are: 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day's amazing Co-Hosts

All Done Monkey * Crafty Moms Share * Educators Spin on it * Growing Book by Book * Imagination Soup *  I’m Not the Nanny *  InCultural Parent * Kid World Citizen  
 Mama Smiles * Multicultural Kid Blogs * Spanish Playground

And Don't Forget the MCCBD Classroom Reading Challenge:  
The Classroom Reading Challenge offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children's book for their classroom library. 
These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

Happy MCCBD! 
And Happy Reading, today and every day.


  1. Great run-down of this important day, Christy! Love adoption books.

  2. #MulticulturalChildren'sBooksDay & #ReadYourWorld & also, #WeNeedDiverseBooks are great places to be.

    Appreciations for the tip off to this adoption p.b. title, Christy.

  3. Great post and review! As someone who is adopted, I love books like these! :)

    1. I'm so glad to spread the word. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Thank you so much for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day and for your wonderful review! This sounds like a unique and helpful book on adoption for kids. Mia from PragmaticMom

    1. Mia -- Thanks for all you did to make MCCBD happen. It's a pleasure to be part of it.

  5. Thank you for honoring this special day, Chris, and for introducing us to this wonderful book about adoption.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to read and share the day, Patty!

  6. Excellent review and perfect book for Multicultural Children's Book Day.

  7. Thanks for the kind words, Christy and Mia and especially for promoting the important cause of expanding Multicultural Books, authors and illustrators!

    1. Thanks to you, Gayle. And good luck with your important work.

  8. Thanks for the kind words, Christy and Mia and especially for promoting the important cause of expanding Multicultural Books, authors and illustrators!

  9. Thanks for this wonderful review and for supporting this important effort to raise awareness

  10. thanks

    adoption for kids