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.
Our Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission 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 the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.
Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld
Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books*Lil Libros
Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk*Candlewick Press
Silver: Lee and Low Books*Chronicle Books*Capstone Young Readers
Bronze: Pomelo Books* Author Jacqueline Woodson*Papa Lemon Books* Goosebottom Books*Author Gleeson Rebello*ShoutMouse Press*Author Mahvash Shahegh* China Institute.org*
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can view them here.
Classroom Reading Challenge:Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.
What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:
Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife
The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books
Book Review: Rafa the Refugee
Rafa the Refugee is a real-world tale of one young girl’s journey to the United States, her adoption of a new culture, and her journey to preserve her heritage as she finds her way and settles in America. I think that the most important message that Terri Hoops has sent in this unique story of immigration, learning a new language, and finding a balance between the life that you left behind in your home country, to create a balance of both countries in Rafa. Rafa tells the story about how she learned the value of retaining her first language and learning English. As a new refugee it is important to learn English but to never lose your oral language and history in your first language.
This is a very important point for all refugees and immigrants that move from their home countries to the United States. You need both cultures to grow and succeed. Your culture is valued and your language is a gift, and it will go a long way. Never lose your language and you will never lose who you are. This story will inspire those who have immigrated to America or those who come from immigrant families.
About the Author
Terrie A. Hoops is a passionate educator working in second language acquisition. Terrie develops K-12 curriculum for modern languages and ESOL programs serving migrant and refugee populations. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction from the University of Maine at Orono. Terrie is originally from Montreal, Quebec, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She lives in Bradenton, FL, with her husband, David.