It is the 4th annual non-profit Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The official day is January 27, 2017. Hundreds of bloggers and sponsors are involved in this event. The books I read were from the Pack-n-Go Girls and are set in Austria. The author is @JanelleDiller and the publisher is @PacknGoGirls. The book I will review for this book is Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost from the Pack-n-Go Girls Series. There will be two additional posts. I purchased my own books.

Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost

Mystery-Ballerina-Ghost-Pack-n-Go-AdventuresThis post has a German and English informal basic words 3-part cards freebie PDF. It was inspired by the book Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost. This book is set in Austria where they speak German. What can I say? Wilhelm, my last name, is German. Also some of our relatives were originally from Austria. It seemed to be a familiar read in many ways. This is the first of a three part series of blog posts for three of the Pack-n-Go Girls three books set in Austria. They should be read in order, especially for book three. All of their books are Lexile rated as high second grade for schools that use AR (Accelerated Reader) and rated O with F&P (Fountas & Pinnell).

Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost is set in a castle in Austria. Grandfather has the best in mind for his granddaughter who is tutored and has private lessons of all kinds. They are happy to have visitors from Colorado, USA, who find a mystery in progress. Events get tense with a possible ghost in the castle, and the visitors pack to leave. However, all works out for the best as the mystery is solved. Horseback riding is part of this story which is perfect for the girls who love travel, adventure, and horses. Quite a fun read!

Multicultural Kids Book Day

This post is part of the annual event Multicultural Kids Book Day. The official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld. I have previously participated in this event. The Pack-n-Go Girls have polished educational supplements for teacher use as well, including common core standards. The books also have pages with writing ideas for student use. My freebie has informal German words as listed in the back of Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost.

 3-part-cards-German-English (download here)

German and English Basic Words 3-Part Cards Freebie

Here are some photos of the cards in a 3-part tray.


For the picture cards, both English and German is provided. For the numbers I only included the German words.


Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures engage the imagination of children ages 6-9 by introducing them to different countries around the world. The early chapter books are packed with spooky mysteries, international friendships, and lots of fun and easy multicultural learning. Here’s a bit about Pack-n-Go Girls to get you started:

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. Their 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 MCCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. This event has also proven to be an excellent way to compile a list of diverse children’s book titles and reviews for parents, grandparents, educators and librarians to use all year long.

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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 Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan BernardoKathleen Burkinshaw, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin,  Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

They’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

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

Thank you for reading! Carolyn