Thanks to the Multicultural Children’s Books Day organization, Monkey and I received a couple of great books to review. Our author match for this year is Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, author of the Captain Mama series. The bilingual series draws from Sato’s life as a mom while working as a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Before I get into the review I am required to state the following about the awesome organization that is Multicultural Children’s Books Day and the excellent work the moms behind this organization are doing to get multicultural kids books into the hands of young people all across the country.
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 on the ongoing need to include kid’s 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 are on a mission to change all of that.
Check out the list of sponsors for this year’s event:
MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsors include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
As Good Night Captain Mama (book 1 of the Captain Mama series) opens we join Marco and his plush dog White Pup, in the bathroom for a little teeth brushing. When Marco steps out into the hallway he sees his Mother, Captain Mama, in the green costume she always wears to work. This costume sparks some questions from Marco. “What are you wearing Mama?” “Why are you wearing it?”
These questions are answered through Captain Mama’s responses. She is patient with Marco, as explains all those cool looking patches on her uniform and what her job entails in terms that are easy for kids of all ages to remember. Did you know that the wings on an aviator’s patch can you tell what their specific job title is? Try it for yourself, here is a picture of Captain Mama’s badge. Using the pictures on the Flying Tiger Surplus Air Force Wings page. can you figure out what level navigator Captain Mama is?
In book 2 of the Captain Mama series we meet up with Marco and his class. They are headed on a field trip of Mama’s plane. During this adventure we get to meet the crew that Captain Mama works with and we take a tour of their plane.
Both books are full of really cool information any fan of airplanes will love to learn. Book one is told in a way that makes the reader feel as though they too are snuggled with Captain Mama and Marco as he learns about his Mother’s job as a pilot. Book two, Captain Mama’s Surprise, is told from Marco’s perspective and the beautiful writing makes the reader feel as if he or she is part of Marco’s class.
My favorite part of both books is how informative they are without feeling formal. Author Graciela Tiscareno-Sato does an excellent job of teaching children basic information about being a pilot while providing captivating stories. The Captain Mama series is great for introducing an airplane unit study.
In addition to learning about airplanes and the crew it takes to manage them, boys and girls can benefit from these books in other ways. Boys and girls of varying ages will also notice that the girls and women in this series are treated as equals to the males. Us girls can grow up to be pilots too. Being a pilot is not just for boys and men anymore.
Need lesson plans for these books? The links below are a great start.
- This one isn’t a link but there is a great activity in the back of Goodnight Mama. If you flip to the back of the book there is a blank badge. Monkey loved creating his on “Lego Master Builder badge”.
- The United States Air Force has fact sheets that will go great with a lapbook. KC-135 and Air Mobility Command.
- Museum of Aviation exhibit gallery -Virtual Fied Trip to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia is the second largest aviation museum in the United States. Most of the pictures of have a short summary on the history of the aircraft.
- PaperAirplanesHQ.com – This webpage contains 50 paper airplane templates that range in difficulty from easy to difficult. They are categorized by plane type.
Learn More About the Author
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato had an amazing career in the United States Air Force. Her career as a veteran is even more impressive. You can learn more about her by visitng her website.