Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears It All for MCBD 2019

It’s time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!!!  This is a longer post – keep reading for information on giveaways, the twitter party, and my review of the book I was sent by author sponsor Jacqueline Jules.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

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MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here:
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here:

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield


MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

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.

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Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground


TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

And now, on to the book! I first met Jacqueline Jules at Kidlitcon 2015 in Baltimore, when I bought a copy of the first Sofia Martinez book for my daughter.  I was very happy to be matched up with her new book, the most recent in the Zapato Power series, for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears it All by Jacqueline Jules. Art by Miguel Benítez.Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears it All by Jacqueline Jules. Art by Miguel Benítez. Albert Whitman & Co., 2018.
This is book 7 in the series about super-powered first grader Freddie Ramos.  Though I had only read the first book (previously mentioned in my Gift Guide for a 9-Year-Old Boy post), I was able to keep up with much less difficulty than Freddie has figuring out good places to use his powers – super speed, due to his magic zapatos, and super hearing thanks to a wristband.

In this book, Freddie and his class are taking a field trip to the Air and Space Museum.  He keeps overhearing people in trouble, like a lost little boy, running to save them, and then racing back in time for class head counts.  But will he get a chance to enjoy the museum?  Will his super hearing help him discover the source of the strange noise in his apartment basement?  And will he be able to make friends with his neighbor Mr. Vaclas’s visiting nephew, without using his superpowers inappropriately?

This book fills lots of holes in the early chapter book repertoire – first of all, it’s fun, with a kid superhero.  To this day, my son is only interested in speculative fiction, and we had a really hard time finding early chapter books for him, especially at this beginner early chapter book level.  I probably don’t need to mention that stories of city apartment-dwelling Latinx kids are in even shorter supply.  But, thanks to the fast action, the large type with extra-large superpower words, frequent illustrations, and surprisingly nuanced plot lines, these are ones that will appeal to a wide range of kids. This is one that belongs in every public and school library, and a good many home libraries as well.

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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6 Responses to Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears It All for MCBD 2019

  1. Judi Thoresen Howe says:

    I’d like to send you a copy of my new book, The Freedom Stone. Where might I send it? Thanks, Judi Howe

  2. Thank you for sharing on the MCBD linky and for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! I love the Freddie Ramos series!

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