January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and to celebrate I am reviewing Bijoy and the Big River. Learn about the daily lives through a young boy’s journey through the Brahmaputri River, also known as the Burha Luit or “Big River” in his Indian village of Assam.
Bijoy loves living near the water because it has many facets, one of which is the xihu, (pronounced hihu). Xihu is an endangered Gangetic river dolphin that lives and swims sideways in the Big River, and one of the native animals that Bijoy has come face to face with. Other animals native to India in the book are silkworms and their unique cocoons, elephants, and the endangered one-horned rhino. Learn also about materials from trees native to India, including bamboo and cane, that are used to build houses in Bijoy’s village of Assam.
Bijoy and the Big River is a great book to read to your child who is interested in India, has family in India, or children who simply like learning about different countries. Not only does it tell of native animals and plants, it explores native foods and festivals.
Reading Bijoy and the Big River is a great way to introduce your child to another culture! Take it one step further and introduce your child to the food of India by going to and Indian restaurant or making a home-cooked meal of mustard greens and bamboo shoots, both foods that are native to India. However you choose to celebrate the day, make sure that you make it fun!
Bijoy and the Big River
Written by: Meera Sriram and Praba Ram
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day2015 (MCCBD)
Mission: To raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. 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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.
“MCCBD team hopes 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.”
Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Co-hosts: Find a list of co-hosts on the Multicultural Children’s Book Day website here.
Virtual Book Drive w/ First Book: MCCBD is partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.
Special Contributor: Children’s Book Council: MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.