Our mission at Globe Trottin’ Kids is teaching children about world geography and cultures, so we were thrilled to receive these four books from author Carole P. Roman to review for

Multicultural Children’s Book Day


If You Were Me and Lived in…

Carole P. Roman‘s new series explores civilizations throughout history.  The format is engaging, as she places the reader back in time and uses rich detail to introduce the landscape and the culture.  Soft, muted illustrations by Mateya Arkova (in three of the books) provide the sense of looking at the past, while Silvia Brunetti uses bold colors and includes photographs of art in Renaissance Italy.

Each book covers a variety of topics, including your family, the type of home you lived in, the foods you ate, the clothing you wore, the jobs your parents had, the social and political structures that were in place, the types of entertainment people would enjoy, and the inventions of the period.  Several famous people from the period are featured in the back of the book, along with a thorough glossary to support students with definitions and pronunciations as they encounter new vocabulary.

While the books are written for an upper elementary level reader, they would make a great read aloud for a younger audience (skipping over the areas that are beyond their grasp).  Kids of all ages, and adults, will find new and interesting information about a time and a place very long ago.  Here’s a peek…

If You Were Me and Lived in … Viking Europe 


You might be a boy named Ulf (wolf) hunting whales and seals with your dad.  You had many activities to do for fun, including throwing spears, shooting a bow and arrow, and juggling with knives.  Your home would be shaped similar to a ship with oval sides with a fire pit in the center.

If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali Empire


You might be a girl named Mariam living near the royal palace.  You loved when the great king went out for rides to visit his kingdom.  You liked to dress in the vibrant colors of traditional designs, and wore a grisgris (lucky charm) around your neck, under your dress.  Salt from the Sahara Desert and gold from the mines were important products from your country and brought many traders.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Ancient China: The Han Dynasty


You might be a boy named Yang, living in a busy city, studying poetry and calligraphy.  Your parents had several slaves working in the house, helping your mother and grandmother with the chores.  Your favorite possession was the dragon kite you flew with your grandfather, and you wanted to  be a noodle maker when you grew up.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Renaissance Italy


You might be a girl named Lisabetta, living a privileged life in Firenze (Florence).  You lived in a home called a palazzo and loved to go shopping in the marketplace in town.  You loved music, dancing, art, and dressing in fine silk dresses.

Download our FREE note-taking guide for students to use while reading these books in the ancient civilization series.


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 of the need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity and 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.


Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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 work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents

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


Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. What a fun way to make history personal and help kids build connections to other cultures and other times! Thanks for sharing with #Readyourworld!


  2. PS The Twitter link in your header is broken …



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About julieyeros

Creating and sharing resources for teaching kids about world cultures and geography.


#ReadYourWorld, Activities, ancient civilizations, Book Review, Children's Literature, Diversity in Children's Literature, Global Learning Resources, Multicultural Resources for Educators and Parents, World Cultures, World Geography


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