It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and the books just get better every year! This year, I received a copy of The Dreamcatcher Codes by Barbara Newman, and what a book this is! A YA story about our connection to the earth, with incredible female characters and a story that comes at a critical moment in time.
The Dreamcatcher Codes, by Barbara Newman,
(Aug. 2021, Green Writers Press), $15.95, ISBN: 9781733653473
Earth is dying. Our bee colonies collapse; our oceans are choked with plastic; the animals we share our lands with are dying as we encroach on their land and their natural resources. The only hope is for the sacred Codes of Nature, but they’ve been stolen by a giant raven. Now, four girls must come together to seek out the missing piece of the Codes and restore order to the land. Powered by the four points of the compass and the four elements – Fire, Air, Water, and Earth – the girls must work together as they embark on an adventure that elevates climate change and the role of young women in our world. It’s fantasy grounded in reality; an empowering, unputdownable adventure that fantasy readers, environmental advocates and activists, and adventure/survival readers will love.
Author Barbara Newman’s webpage invites readers to become “Allies for the Earth” and posts links to environmental organizations like Zero Hour and Tree Sisters. A portion of the proceeds for The Dreamcatcher Codes goes to organizations for climate justice and environmental activism, so while reading your world, make your purchase count.
The Dreamcatcher Codes is an International Impact Award Winner for Multicultural Fiction and a Best Book Awards finalist in two categories: Multicultural Fiction and Fantasy/Fiction.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!
This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.
We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **
Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!
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