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Friday, 29 March 2013

A Very Special Friday with Aisha of Hartlyn Kids

Hartlyn Kids is an independent children's publishing company run by two inspiring women, Aisha and Christine. Their focus is on multicultural children's books and the idea is to combine travel and reading. Each book is equipped with a travel stamp so you and your child can fee as if they have visited the country. A list of learning tools is also added at the end of the book. You can even get a passport to show off all your stamps!

Here, Aisha talks about the importance of multicultural children's books. For the sake of transparency, I was not paid to publish this article. Aisha is taking part in this guest post series to help me out while I am figuring out my life with three children, and I am very grateful to have this post here! Thank you, Aisha!

As parents, we are always on the look out for ways to incorporate global culture to our lifestyle. Whether it was by way of a museum outing, a dish, or an event, we knew it had to be a conscious effort on our part.

Here are five reasons we think multicultural books should be in every home library:

1. It's a lot cheaper than a plane ticket.
Planning a vacation for many families takes sticking to a budget and a plan. The average price for a family to go abroad can run at least $1,000 per person. Although a book cannot replace experiencing a country first hand, for less than $20, it can broaden our horizons. Even if you ARE able to travel (and we hope you are), books can be a starting point for learning about a culture before you arrive.

2. It serves as a launching pad for further discussion.
 Read a book about another country, then go further. Perhaps you can cook a meal from that country or visit a restaurant that provides an authentic cuisine. You can also look for an arts and crafts activity that's native to that region of the world. The opportunities are endless.

3. It combats stereotypes and may help to explain differences children may already notice.
 Children always have more questions than I think we can sometimes answer. They are also great observers of the world around them. When we read with kids about children who may look differently from them or are from a different country, they realize that there is still a common thread of humanity that cuts across differences.

4. It piques interest in travel.
 You provide enough multicultural experiences to your children and you will soon start getting requests to not only go to Disney World but perhaps Egypt or China!

5. It's fun!
 Learning is fun and so is learning about neighbors both near and far. It's fun for both the caregiver and the child to embark on an exploration together.

For a limited time only, we are selling our multicultural books for $5 and passports for $1!
Visit www.hartlynkids.com to start your experience today!

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