Friday, January 31, 2020

Multicultural Children's Book Day: This is the Earth by Deirdre Pecchioni Cummings #ReadYourWorld

Today is the 7th annual @MCChildsBookDay celebration and I'm very excited to be a part of it! It’s an online multicultural children’s literacy event like no other. Check out the beautiful diverse book I am showcasing today. Then visit Multicultural Children's Book Day to get the scoop on the latest giveaways and author visits or follow #ReadYourWorld on social media.

This is a beautiful book that promotes a big message: peace. It is a great introduction to children to learn about respect and love of neighbor.

Book Details:

This is the Earth by Deirdre Pecchioni Cummings
Illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Published by Lulu Publishing
Published: April 18, 2019
Softcover picture book: 32 pages
For children ages 3-7
Content rating: G

Book Description:

In this vibrant and timely picture book, people of all ages are reminded of real and practical steps to live peacefully. Easy to read, but packed with a big message. An enduring and engaging read for children and adults. This one is for all of us.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Peace. Such a simple word; a state that we all need, yet is elusive for so many of us because of world conditions, wars, prejudices, injustices, and lack of respect. But we have the personal freedom to seek it, first within ourselves, then within our families, communities and the world. 

This is the Earth is a beautiful book, both because of its message and its bold and vibrant illustrations that speak just as loudly as the text. It's a book that, with simple language, promotes a big message. Although a children's book, it is not simplistic in its narrative but filled with statements that teach respect, both for humans and the planet, diversity in cultures, sharing, compassion, and love.

I have a brain
and so do you.
You don't have to think what I think.
You don't have to do what I do.

I absolutely loved this book and its illustrations. Children of various cultures and nationalities are portrayed, and there is even a child in a wheelchair. The book is colorful and full of details that young children will delight in. Parents can easily use the illustrations to continue the conversation of respect for nature and others that are portrayed on every page.

This is the Earth is a great learning tool that parents can use to teach their children about how unique and wonderful our planet is and everything on it. What I particularly found very useful and thought-provoking is the 6-page discussion questions and workbook in the back of the book. A young child would not be able to read or fully understand this section as it is written for an older audience (teachers, educators and parents) but can be modified when used.

This is the Earth is a must for the classroom or home library. It is an excellent teaching tool that is timely and much needed to keep promoting the message of peace and agape love.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings is passionate about passing down the life lessons that were instilled in her mother, Andrea Mast Pecchioni, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer. All ten of Cummings’ diverse picture books, poetry books, and workbooks are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all.

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.

Connect with DeeDee via her other website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

About Multicultural Children's Book Day:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th 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 book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board:

Super Platinum

Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,


Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books, TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books, Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series Green Kids Club, Inc.

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, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day:

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

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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  1. Thank you for sharing and participating in MCBD 2020!!


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