Kids Can Learn About Women in STEM Careers With This Multicultural Children's Book Day Featured Book

I’m excited to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day for the 2nd time this year. (See last year’s book feature here.) This day was created to help spotlight books that feature all kinds of diversity and to help bring these books to kids at home and at school.

The book I had opportunity to review is Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers. This book was especially appealing to me because I have one daughter who is currently in college majoring in a STEM field and another in high school who has plans to do that as well. The book isn’t in print, yet, so I can’t link to it. But I will be sharing a link to the author’s website. This is her third book.

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About the Book and Author- Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers by Erin Twamley

Erin Twamley is a substitute teacher for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). She is also a children’s book author of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) publications. She is dedicated to engaging the next generation of learners in protecting and creating a sustainable planet through hands-on STEAM learning. She has received recognition of her exemplary leadership in education and holds a Masters of Education (M.Ed.).

Erin’s two previous books are Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future and Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth. Her newest book –Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers– is coming in March and is the book I had the opportunity to read.
The book begins with an explanation of what it means to work in a STEM field and a look at six STEM “Superpowers.” The six superpowers include Observation, Curiosity and Imagination, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Data Collection and Analysis, and Communication and are detailed and explained with colorful and engaging words and graphics.
The book then takes readers through the short biographies of twenty-six women who are engaged in STEM careers. These follow the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. For example, “Above the Earth” is a short biography of astronomer Dr. Wanda Diaz Merced and “Building a Green City” is about civil engineer Vanessa Galvez. 
Throughout the book there are occasional questions for the reader and a few places where kids can write or draw their thoughts about a question or situation. The information is presented in short, concise sections, and the arrangement of text and colorful graphics will be engaging for young readers.
One of my favorite things about the book? I loved the concept of following the letters of the alphabet to cover the different STEM jobs throughout the book. I also like the boxes with questions for kids to think about it. Those would make for some great discussion if you choose this book as a read aloud.

You can find out more about author Erin Twamley and her books by following her on social media:

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019

About Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book Council, The Junior Library Guild,

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Claudia SchwamLori DeMonia, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC

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.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it,  Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media!

MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators:

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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