My Amazing Day is a board book aimed at children aged 0-3 years old, created by Lori A. Cheung, Elizabeth Iwamiya, and Karin Fisher-Golton.
What is the book about?
My Amazing Day takes us on a journey and helps us live a day in the life of a small child, encouraging us to appreciate everyday encounters as they would experience them. It inspires the reader to reflect on activities that most adults would take for granted, such as coming across new textures, smells, or sounds and reminds us that they present opportunities for little ones to learn new things and take stock of their world and surroundings. At the end, the book includes a “happy burst of gratitude” by offering thanks to all the different objects and activities portrayed in the book.
What stands out in the book?
The team at bambolango would like to highlight the bright, joyful photographs that transmit happiness and positivity throughout the book. We also like the fact that each spread has a block of solid colour (good for early visualisation) on one side and the photo on the other, a simple yet effective layout.
Why would we recommend it?
The fact that the activities shown in the book are really simple, everyday encounters like eating a banana or having a bath is very powerful. And, whatsmore, they serve as a springboard that will help parents build on the images and relate the book to their children’s lives
My Amazing Day promotes a positive attitude and outlook in young children, which we believe should be encouraged as early as possible to help our little ones. Not only so that they approach things optimistically and build their confidence, nor simply to lay the foundations for a more positive society, but also, as the authors state, beacuse: “People have long experienced that expressing gratitude brings them happiness. Now scientific studies show that expressing gratitude leads to many health benefits as well.”
What activities can we do at home based on the book?
Two very easy and inexpensive things that parents can do with their children at home are:
- Blow bubbles: in our experience at bambolango, children are fascinated by bubbles! If they’re too small to blow the bubbles themselves you can do it for them and get them to try to touch them, catch and pop them, or talk about how they move and float off…
- Sensory discovery: this is as simple as pouring a few different spices or foods into individual bowls and encouraging your little one to touch and smell them. Good ones to use are cardamom seeds, rice, cinnamon,
fennel seeds, dry noodles or pasta pieces.
Please remember to always supervise your children throughout these activities to ensure their safety.
Where can I find more information?
Pacific Dogwood Press, Each Richmond Heights, California
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth 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.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.
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