Multicultural Children's Book Day: Chicken Soup with Dumplings Craft

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

I’m thrilled to be sharing a fun picture book from Kar-Ben Publishing on this happy and important occasion.

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer and Deborah Melmon tells the story of Sophie and her multicultural family. Sophie loves her two grandmas: Grandma Ellie (“Bubbe”) with her dress-up games and her Jewish chicken soup with kreplach and Grandma Nancy (“Nai Nai”) with her painting projects and her Chinese chicken soup with wonton. But how can she tell them that their favorite soups are actually the same? You’ll have to read and find out.


To celebrate MCBD and this tasty book, I whipped up some fun felt food. Felt food always inspires some wonderful pretend play in my home. It is deceptively simple to make, too—just like homemade chicken soup.

I made two little treats that fit perfectly with the book: dumplings and fortune cookies. Both items require the same base materials and just a couple minutes of your time. (Both are also perfect for Lunar New Year, which happens to fall this week, as well.)



Glue gun



  1. Cut a circle from your felt. My circles are about 4”.

  2. Apply a small bead of glue and fold the circle in half.

    • For the dumplings, glue around the outside of the circle.

    • For the fortune cookies, apply a 2” line of glue starting at the center of the circle.

  3. Fold again.

    • For the dumplings, make a couple of small creases on the edge and secure with a dot of glue.

    • For the fortune cookies, turn the circle “inside out.” Add a bit of paper or white felt to represent the “fortune.”

  4. Play! That was easy, right?

Because books and projects like this one go so well together, I teamed up with an arts educator friend to create a series of free resources that helps moms like us pair beautiful books with process-oriented art activities. If you are interested in learning more about how to integrate children’s books and art in your home, check us out online. Access our FREE digital magazine, Creative, Bookish Kids, and our growing library of free book and art resources for families at


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is 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 on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently 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 Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books


Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin,  Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O'Malley, Stacy McAnulty,  Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela 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.