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Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature

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Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day:Celebrating Diversity in Children’s


January 27, 2014

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom have teamed up to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event.  On January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be presenting the first ever Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

Mia and Valarie are also very proud of the sponsors who have agreed to help support this unique and much-needed event.

*Platinum Sponsor is Wisdom Tales Press*

Wisdom Tales Press
Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and people from around the world with young readers and their families.
World Wisdom has been publishing children’s books by Caldecott medal winner, Paul Goble, since 2005; since 2002 it has produced many acclaimed books that are well-suited for teens, especially those about the American Indians.
Here’s a sampling of some of their wonderful books they will be showcasing for MCBBD.
Angels by Alexis York Lumbard  and illustrated by Demi
Wisdom Tales Books
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 Silver Sponsor is Lee & Low Books*

Multicultural Children's Book Day SPONSOR
Jason Lee started off this conversation when he posted on how the children’s book industry published the same number of multicultural books despite the rise in children of color.
Mia from Pragmatic Mom has posted on some of their books on her blog:
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck

Bronze Sponsor is Chronicle Books*

Multicultural Children's Book Day SPONSOR
Here are some great titles from Lee and Low
Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by by E. S. Farber, illustrated by Jason Beene
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An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
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Sponsor Author Susan Daniel Fayad

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*Another big “thank you” to publishers Barefoot Books Sleeping Bear Press, Arundel Publishing, The Magic Poof  for donating review books. Authors Carole Lindstrom, Renee Prewitt and  Margi Preus also provided review copies of their books as well.
Visit the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Event page to find more details and learn how you can participate in this national event!
I hope you can join us on January 27th!

Support our MCCBD Review  Bloggers!

60+ wonderful bloggers stepped forward and agreed to review multicultural children’s books for our special event. Please take a moment to visit these bloggers, read their reviews and say “thank you” for spotlight all of the amazing books, authors and publishers.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · AfterSchool Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Baby Bilingual · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share  · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early WordsFlowering Minds · Franticmommy · GEO Librarian ·Going In Circles- Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Kid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kid Blogs One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Stay At Home Educator · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 


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