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Book review: ''Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People's Pronouns'' by Afsaneh Moradian

I don’t necessarily like adding titles or tags to books but it is not very often one comes across a book that has such a strong educational character, value and approach. Afsaneh’s Moradian ‘’Jamie and Bubbie: A book About People’s Pronouns’’ that was released in October 2020 from Free Spirit Publishing focuses on pronouns as an extension of our identity. Afsaneh says in her notes at the end of the book ‘’Our pronouns can be an extension of our gender identity (our internal feeling of being male, female, both or neither), but they are also about more than gender. They are a reflection and an extension of who we are in the world at the moment’’.

Jamie is very excited that his grandma Bubbie is visiting them today and since the weather is lovely they decide to go for a walk in the neighbourhood. During their walk Bubbie makes one gaffe after the other, referring to Ms Wallace as he, to the waiter as she and Alexandra as a he. Jamie patiently and kindly tries to explain to his grandma that we should call people by their name and the pronouns they want to be called.

I am London’s global cohost for the amazing Multicultural Children’s book day and I was lucky to be gifted with many great books that celebrate diversity and promote reading #ReadYourWorld .

I have a great respect for passionate people who try to make a difference through their work. I do not personally know Afsaneh but that comes across after reading her book, and getting to know a little about more her background as a teacher. ‘’Jamie and Bubbie: A book about People’s Pronouns is her second book, after her ‘Jamie is Jamie’ that was originally written for her daughter in an effort to challenge stereotypes and to encourage children to make play choices based on their interests.

This story can provide a great learning opportunity not just for children but for educators and parents alike as it makes you reflect on your own gender assumptions and sterotypes when referring to one person. At the end of the book Afsaneh has included Tips for teachers and parents and ideas for lovely activities that will promote children’s understanding of pronouns and encourage them to express their ideas about gender.

You can also find articles and teaching ideas in Afsaneh's website here

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th 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.

Eight 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. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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Evi Marami is a qualified educator, writer, busy mum and author of the new children’s story 'A shy little cat'. With over a decade of teaching experience Evi uses her writing to build positive identities through a sensitive and humoristic (or so she thinks!) approach. In her first bilingual, interactive book, Bongo the dinosaur – Bongo ο δεινόσαυρος, the kind dinosaur with the very unique name wins everyone over with his generosity and becomes their friend, in a story that celebrates diversity, friendship and teamwork deep in the roaring jungle. Now Evi’s Shy little cat is called to overcome her fears and discover herself and the world in a colourful and exciting rhyming adventure that promises to keep the young (and older) readers engaged till the last page.


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