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 teamed up in late 2013 to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. On January 27th, 2015 this dynamic duo will be hosting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.
The Multicultural Children’s Book Day team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along via book reviews, author visits, multicultural booklists and visit the huge multicultural book review link-up that will occur on the MCCBD website 1/27/15.
MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Author Richa Jha, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Our CoHosts: We have NINE amazing Co-Host. You can view them here.
Africa to America
All Done Monkey
The Educators’ Spin on It
Growing Book by Book
Kid World Citizen
Multicultural Kid Blogs
We’re also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.
Children’s Book Council:
MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.
Children’s Book Council and Multicultural Children’s Book Day
I had the pleasure of reading “The Magic Poof,” by Stephen Hodges. I really enjoyed reading this book to my children. The pages were filled with imaginative illustrations, bold print, and the main character Ange-Marie had so much personality with her natural hair and vibrant spirit. The poof had a life of it’s own that sprang up as a great ball of curly hair that sat on top of her head.
When she walked it bounced. When she skipped it bounded, and when she danced, it boogied. The magic poof could transform into all the things that Ange-Marie loved in the world. I delighted at the adventures that Ange-Marie and the magic poof had before heading to picture day at her school. I loved turning each page of the book. My children laughed, asked questions, they did not want the story to end. I look forward to reading more books from Stephen Hodges in the future.