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LL4L's DIA Blog Hop with Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez

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When it comes to children literacy my heart has a special place dedicated to the awareness my mother has strived to  make in many communities.  I learned from her first had the importance of reading to our kids. This is why I am so excited to participate yet again in the L4LL's Día Blog Hop.

For L4LL's 2nd annual blog hop, 24 authors/illustrators were paired with 24 Latina Bloggers.

I am happy to introduce author Talia Aikens-Nuñez. I love Talia's journey of becoming a writer and being inspired by the birth of her children to write multicultural books! Talia shares her thoughts on multicultural literature and how parents must make the change!

There have been numerous articles written by the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, to name a couple publications, about the need for multicultural literature. But, these calls are falling on deaf ears, as the statistics from the University of Madison-Wisconsin Coopertive Children’s Books Centre show. In 2013, less than 3% of children’s books were about black people, just 57 books out of 3200 children’s books written were about Latinos, 69 about Asians and 34 about American Indians. These numbers have fallen since they started to compile the statistics in 1985.

The main reason I started writing children's books is because I became a mother of multicultural children. Perfect beautiful brown faces (I am their mother...of course I think they are perfect) like theirs were difficult to find in children's books. And, it was even more difficult to find books with universal topics, not books that address differences like hair, skin color, food and culture. Those books are great and definitely needed but I was looking for 'first experience' books and general topic books with a multicultural main character. Dora, Diego, Doc McStuffins and ‘Sofia the First’ are great but I wanted to round out their libraries with less commercial literature.

So, I started writing.

I got a literary agent and she did submissions. My stories were met by rejection after rejection. One rejection truly saddened me: "As much as I am passionate about bilingual books and Latino literature, [large publishing house] doesn't seem to do a good job of selling it." I do not fault the editor. The editor was simply being honest.

I fault us. We have to demand more. We have to buy more books with multicultural main characters! We have to tell our friends to buy these books! We need to push our schools to request multicultural literature and incorporate it into the curriculum. We need to push our school book fairs to carry multicultural literature. WE have the control and WE need to exercise it!

There are some publishers that understand the need for multicultural literature like Pinwheel Books and Musa Publishing. They published two multicultural stories I wrote, OMG...Am I a Witch?! and Escucha Means Listen. But, WE, as consumers, need to make more publishers listen!

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband, daughter and son live on a river in Connecticut. Read more: http://talia-aikens-nunez.vpweb.com/

Multicultural Children Books by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

OMG... Am I a Witch?!
April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?

Escucha Means Listen
From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.
Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.

Mil Gracias L4LL and Talia for the opportunity to spread awareness for children literacy! I look forward to adding Talia's books to my children's library! Stay tuned for the next featured author/illustrator over on L4LL blog and be sure to read previous post! 

5 Must Know Car Seat Safety Reminders with Evenflo Platinum Series Car Seats

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Disclosure: This is a compensated post in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect.

When it comes to my kids safety I am one over protective mama. I don't like being in control as much as knowing I made the right decisions. Even though the kids are now 4 and 5 years old running through the must know car seat safety reminders are still priority when getting them fastened in securely in their car seats.

Car seat safety, I find changes as often as car seats are updated. However, a few things  do stay consistent when keeping your kids safe in a car seat .

When we started reviewing the Evenflo Platinum Series SecureKid DLX All in One Care Seat I felt like once again we were making a great decision in putting little lady back in high-back booster rather than just a backless booster. 

Here are 5 ways we keep Little Lady safe in a Evenflo Platinum Series Car seat:

1-Install Car Seat correctly- I can't tell you how many times i've checked to be sure the car seat is installed properly when moved from one car the next. Just like we check our vehicles before we drive off car seats should be rechecked before a child is strapped in.

2-Buckle up correctly- The buckle needs to be placed securely and up tight not down by the belly but up by the chest. If you can pinch the strap it's still to loose.

3- Be sure metal buckles are safe from heat- The SecureKid DLX All-in One Booster, like many of the other Evenflo Platinum series car seats, offers Buckle pockets to prevent the metal buckles from heating while the car seat is exposed to heat. This is something that worries many parents we too have burned ourselves when grabbing the buckles!

4-Prevent overheating- Depending on our travels and the weather I keep the kids in layered clothing as well as light pieces of clothing. My kids take their coats everywhere but now even when wearing long sleeves I don't have to worry if they will get too hot. The SecureKid DLX All-in-one Booster offers NASA developed fabrics that help regulate kids temperatures. 

5-Don't rush kids out of car seat- Just because little man is almost 6 but looks like he can be 7 doesn't mean it's time to get him out of a car seat. Follow car seat regulations according to weight. It's important for little bodies to stay in a safe, secure and comfortable car seat for protection!

Keeping our kids safe and secure  is based on the decisions we make in choosing the right car seat and following must know car seat safety! Run through these reminders as often as you strap yourself into a car seat, which I hope is always! 

For more information on The Evenflo Platinum SecureKid DLX All-in-One Booster Car Seat visit: http://bit.ly/1hULyjZ

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Truck in Philly

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Do you love Coffee and Ice Cream well you are in luck! Dunkin Donuts has teamed up with Baskin Robbins yet again for some delicious Iced Coffee! 

The Dunkin Donuts Coffee Truck will be in Philly This weekend!Come taste the delicious three flavors include new Cookie Dough and Jamoca® Almond Fudge Iced Coffees, as well as returning favorite Butter Pecan Iced Coffee. 

Here are the deets:

WHERE:    Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148
(samplings at Run or Dye 5K at Citizens Bank Park)

WHEN:       Saturday April 19th, 8am – 1pm

Can't make it? No worries!  All three flavors are also available in Hot Coffee, Hot and Iced Lattes, and Frozen Coffee Coolattas through spring and into the summer at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Disclosure: I was invited to visit the DD truck in Philly unfortunately I will be missing out but didn't want you too! Enjoy!

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