It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Caribu is featuring a special category highlighting Hispanic culture, history, and heroes. While Hispanic Heritage month is a U.S. celebration, it is a chance to learn about Hispanic communities across the globe, each with distinct flavors and traditions. Take this opportunity to explore what makes different Hispanic communities unique, to take pride in Spanish language expression, and to celebrate the successes of Hispanic and Latino leaders and innovators. Here are some of our favorite books and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month to share with your family and friends in a Caribu Call.
Bring out your pots and pans — it’s time to cook and connect with your favorite family members! This week, #CampCaribu presents a menu of ‘Fun With Food’ books and activities for you to try together in a video-call. Each day, Caribu will feature two books: an “Entrée” book that tells a story involving food or cooking; and a “Side Dish” book that shares a specific recipe. Pick one or both to read and inspire your kitchen staff, and prepare some treats together!
Aunts and uncles can also be the adult friend a child needs. For example, a child could be too nervous to talk about their crush in math class or the bully on the playground with their parents. They certainly want to address these issues with someone but may feel their parents will be dismissive or explosive about what’s bothering them. Cue in the “cool uncle” who listens without the judgmental and presumptive attitudes parents could show when addressing touchy topics with their kids. Aunts and uncles may have a more relaxed approach with their nieces and nephews, offering different and more encouraging solutions to a child’s problems. They are more likely to tell their nieces and nephews embarrassing stories about their parents. These and other entertaining exchanges could help solidify a powerful and trusting relationship between aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews for many years.
What’s the true story behind ‘Astro The Steller Sea Lion’? The book, written by Jeanne Harvey and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, is featured in the Caribu app this week as part of #CampCaribu’s Week 6: ‘Under The Sea.’ The story begins when a very young Steller sea lion pup is found alone on an island off the Northern California Coast. He has lost his mother and has no guidance to obtain food. Scientists from The Marine Mammal Center, based in Northern California, rescue Astro and rehabilitate him. However, when Astro is returned to the wild, he eventually finds his way back to the humans who have cared for him—more than once!
Sea lions are just some of the incredible underwater creatures you will meet this week as you dive into books about the deep blue sea. Connect with your family on a Caribu Video-Call, and read about sneaky crocodiles, playful dolphins, and underwater orchestras. While many of us might not be able to swim this summer due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, ‘Under The Sea’ is a fun way to splash around with your favorite animals.
Any parent, grandparent, or teacher who has told stories to their children will recognize that at the end of a good story, you don’t just walk away with a good story – the two of you feel closer. Why? Doctors call this attachment. And to understand how it works we have to shift our perspective for a moment from the story itself to the relationship that arises between speaker and listener during a story.
You might think you’ve raised your children to be open and accepting, only to feel mortified when your 5-year old says she doesn’t want to play tag with two little boys at the mall play area because they’re “too dark.” Such was the case for Michelle Meredith, who blogs at Bright Color Mom and describes her family as “a very pale bunch.”
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When author Jesse Byrd Jr. launched his own publishing company in 2017, he aimed to amplify voices that are often excluded in the book industry. “We wanted to offer diverse storytelling for young audiences,” he said. “We wanted the stories we publish to be a reflection of the world that children have inherited; a reflection of different communities and environments. We want to share the non-dominant culture, including kids who are people of color, immigrants, and differently abled. It’s about adding more colors to the rainbow.”