India: If You Were Me and Lived in India

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Namaste (na-ma-ste), or hello, friends!

Welcome to Multicultural Children's Book Day (MCBD) 2020! I am super excited to take a virtual trip with you through a wonderful book about India. 

MCBD, a non-profit organization, began seven years ago by two kind ladies who love reading and sharing the world with others. Together, they created a day that celebrated books from around the world for kids, families, and teachers. Now, their national event helps spread awareness of different cultures and people across the globe. WOW!

As you know, I love traveling the world and sharing my adventures with kids and families like you. So being part of this special movement fills me with joy! (Did you like the pun I added in there?) I am so happy to be able to share such amazing books with you and your family!

I love this quote by Dr. Seuss, because it shares why I love books and reading so much. "The more you read the more you know, the more you learn the more places you'll go." Books are a great way to learn about the world and how other people live. Through reading we can discover much about ourselves, others, and connect with each other. It's always easy to connect with one another through the magic of books! 

Today, we will be taking a virtual journey to India (In-dee-a), a country in South Asia, through a fun book called If You Were Me and Lived in India: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World written by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga. Mrs. Roman was very kind to share her colorful book with me, so I could share it with you!  

Before we start our journey through the story, I want to show you where India is located in our world. As I mentioned, you will find it in South Asia and it is surrounded by the countries of Pakistan, Nepal, China, and Bangladesh. India is the second most populated country in the world! So, as you can imagine, it is very crowded there. It is about 2,800 miles away from where I live in Indonesia by air. That is about a five hour trip by airplane from Indonesia to India. That isn't too far at all! India may be closer or farther from you, depending on where you live in the world. The best way to see it for yourself is by looking at a map or globe. 

Map of India Photo By Mapswire, [CC BY-SA 4.0], via

I always love looking at a cover of a book to see if it gives me any clues about the story. The cover of this book features a boy and girl from India that are pointing to a world map to show where India is located. So right away, you will know where India is and where we will be taking our virtual trip. Then when you open the book, you see colorful illustrations that combine real photos with drawings, how fascinating! We are taken to New Delhi (New Del-ee), the capital city of India, where you will learn that it is built over the site of seven ancient (old) cities. It is also where they make all the laws for India.

The children in the story share different kinds of names and words that are used in India. It is always fun learning a new language and what words they use to describe certain things. They share different names for boys, girls, special family nicknames, different foods, activities, and so much more! To help the reader learn some of the language, the author even includes all the words in the back of the book with the pronunciation (how to say the words). Hindi (hin-dee) is the official language of the central government and the most spoken language in India. English is the second. But there are 22 official languages spoken in different parts of India.

It is fun to feel like I am on a real tour of India with the children as I read along. They take you along to famous sites and celebrations, so you get a good feeling of what it is like there. This makes learning so much more fun, doesn't it?

One of my favorite things about India is the Taj Mahal (T-aa-j Mah-hah-al)  Have you ever heard of it? It is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is an amazing monument that Emperor Shah Jehan (Sh-ah Gee-han) made for his wife that he loved so much. I found this great video from National Geographic Kids that shows you what the real Taj Mahal looks like. Check it out and see how beautiful it is for yourself!

It was also interesting to learn about a fun and colorful festival that happens in India in the spring time called Holi (H-o-lee). The book talks about what the festival symbolizes and how it is celebrated. The description, colors, and illustrations in the book made it look like a great deal of fun for the whole family. I wanted to learn more about Holi and share it with you, so below you will find another video from National Geographic Kids, so you can see how Holi is celebrated. 

I enjoyed learning how life would be like if I lived In India, and hope to visit this interesting country one day. This book shares about activities, food, and other great things to experience in India that I think you would really enjoy. I hope you learn something as well and enjoyed my book review for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2020. Don't miss my other book review of Carole P. Roman's series as I journey to Poland. Hope you enjoy, friends!

If you are interested in this book, ask your parents or guardian to check it out on Amazon. The author also has a website you can visit with permission of your parent and guardian to learn more about her other books.

Thanks for reading and exploring this great book with me!

Alavida (al-vee-daa), or goodbye, friends!

-Joy Sun Bear

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

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Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,


Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books,  TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

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Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove,  Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series  Green Kids Club, Inc.

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A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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4 thoughts on “India: If You Were Me and Lived in India”

  1. What a wonderful way to learn about another country! I love this series by Carole P Roman! Thanks so much for sharing with Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

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