Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018! Hidden Women by Rebecca Rissman #ReadYourWorld

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race
By Rebecca Rissman
112 pages – ages 8+
Will Be Published by Capstone Press on February 1, 2018

Synopsis from Publisher- “Think space race and what come to mind? John Glenn orbiting Earth. Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. What you might not realize is that the success of the missions that sent these men into space rested on the astonishing math skills of a small group of African-American women. These women worked behind the scenes to make sure those men both went into orbit and landed safely back on Earth. Faced with racism, sexism, and the challenges of a brave new venture, these women dared to do the previously unthinkable – and they succeeded!”

What I Thought- I truly enjoyed this nonfictional narrative of the time that these African-American women spent working with NASA to launch men into space. The book was organized very well, if a bit on the dryer side of nonfiction, but I did like learning about the women throughout the ages and their trials. I learned about mathematicians that I had not heard about before, such as Annie Easley, Christine Darden, and Miriam Mann. It was also interesting seeing how progressive NASA was at the time, but how segregated it was as well. It was nice to see that Rissman brought in what was going on in the country at the time as these women were working on America’s space program. Rissman has crafted a wonderful resource of information about the women behind the scenes, and the book is very motivating. I would recommend this book to history and space buffs, as well as those interested in reading about diversity and fighting for equality!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

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15 replies

  1. Thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day Eric!

    I hope you can join us tonight at our Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST. We will be giving away hundreds of diverse children’s books in the form of 13 book bundles. One will be given away every six minutes.

    The questions with the book prizes are posted here:

  2. Thanks for joining us once again Erik. Hope to see you at the Twitter Party. Hope all is well !!

  3. Erik, I love the story of these brilliant women and what they did for the country. Love the movie too! Great review!

  4. Erik…wonderful review of a book I must get a copy of…with all of the nonfiction bios that I am writing, I think this will be a great mentor text! They are all an inspiration!

  5. I’ve watched the movie, Hidden Figures, and would be very interested in reading more about this fantastic story. It is such an inspirational tale of the success that can be achieved in spite of divisiveness.

    • I agree. You might want to check out the Hidden Figures book the movie was based on, too. This book, while spending time on the woman in the movie, also spends time on other women that were not covered in the movie. 🙂

  6. Loved this story!

  7. This book is on my TBR list. Thanks for helping me move it up to a higher ranking. So tough when there are so many great books to read!

  8. This book looks so fascinating! I will add it to my “must read” list. Thanks for sharing, Erik! We appreciate you 🙂

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