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.
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:
I am beyond grateful to that I am participating in Multicultural Book Day. I received two awesome books from Wisdom Tales Custer’s Last Battle by Paul Goble and Red Cloud’s War by the same author.
However, in this review I am only going to discuss one of the books Red Cloud’s War. Brave Eagle’s account is both vivid and sympathetic. The year was 1866, the Civil War had just ended, and the Bozeman trail was the shortest route for prospectors to reach the gold rush territory of Montana-except it passed straight through the lands of the powerful Ogalala Lakota!
When the US demanded the destruction of forts along the trail, the situation quickly dissolved into war. Goble recalls the events through the eyes of Brave Eagle, a fictional young Lakota warrior. Goble has used folklore, legends, or writing of native oral history tradition.I think that the moving and authentic text is simply amazing, and the realistic illustrations really capture the historical story!
About Paul Goble
Over the last 40 years, Paul Goble has created an outstanding body of award-winning works, including the Caldecott Medal winner The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. In 2006, he received the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association for continued distinguished contribution in children’s literature.
About Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis is an award winning storyteller, author, and artist of Cherokee, Navaho, and Apache descent. He works for the Cherokee Nation as a school and community specialist and conducts outreach classes and services in art, culture, and storytelling.
He lives in Tahlequah, OK.