Kiki and Jacques {Book Review} #ReadYourWorld

I am so excited to share information about Multicultural Children’s Book Day that is tomorrow, January 27th 2016.I feel fortunate to be one of the book reviewers for this wonderful event. Today’s post includes a book review and a art we made after reading the book .
I received a free copy of this book for MCCBD 2016 in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Kiki and Jacques Book Review MCCBD

Kiki and Jaques by Susan RossThe Book Summary
As the title suggests ,the story is about Jacques , Kiki and their Friendship .Jacques is a eleven year old boy going through lot of difficulties in life . Plus, he is under pressure from a senior to do something illegal and worries that he is not the only captain for school soccer team .Kiki is a Somali refugee , who has a scar on her face and wears a hijab . The arrival of Somali refugees in town brings lot of  twists and turns in the story .This middle grade chapter Book celebrates the power of friendship to overcome cultural differences .
Kiki and Jacques {Book Review}What we thought about the book :
To be honest , when I started reading the book ,I didn’t find it that interesting but after a few chapters ,I was thoroughly engaged with the beautiful story. This book reminded me of a terrific film ..yes a hero , heroine and a villian ..a realistic story, emotional characters showcasing love , friendship and family values. It even covers issues , youngsters struggle to deal with like bullying, drugs and peer pressures .The book is recommended for middle schoolers but my seven year was able to finish a couple chapters without any help .The book is so engaging, I bet ,he’ll finish reading all the chapters in few days.Thus ,We can say that the story is expressed in a simple language for all ages to understand.
Lessons Learnt from the story :
I simply love these two special moments in the story , one is where Jacques dares to go to the Police station to save someone innocent and other where he shares the truth behind robbery to his Dad. As a Parent , I feel these two scenes will inspire children to realize how important it is to share their thoughts , deeds and difficulties with parents.
Book Activity based on Kiki and Jacques
We drew two hands of different colors joined together, like a shake hand .. a symbol of friendship ! This art can be helpful to discuss one of the many topics in the book like the power of friendship irrespective of color, caste and religion .
Book Activity  on Kiki and Jacques
Last but not least ,My son wishes to donate the book to his elementary school but I need a green signal from his librarian or it goes to the middle school here. Either way ,I ‘ll be more than happy to donate this great book .

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016
Our Mission :The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

The wonderful co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld

Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books * Lil Libros

Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk * Candlewick Press * Bharat Babies

Silver: Lee and Low Books * Chronicle Books * Capstone Young Readers

Tuttle Publishing , NY Media Works , LLC/KidLit TV

Bronze: Pomelo Books * Author Jacqueline Woodson * Papa Lemon Books * Goosebottom Books * Author Gleeson Rebello * ShoutMouse Press * Author Mahvash Shahegh * China Institute.org * Live Oak Media

Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can view them here.

Classroom Reading Challenge: Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD 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.

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:

Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book here ! #teachers, #books

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15 thoughts on “Kiki and Jacques {Book Review} #ReadYourWorld”

  1. This sounds like a really interesting book. It’s so important for children to learn about different cultures and issues such as asylum and refugees. What the hear and see as children will shape them as adults. I love that he wants to donate the book, how lovely. x

  2. This book looks amazing, I love books that show different cultures and sexualities etc. I think it’s so important for children to know about all the different types of people.

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