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Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day in 2018!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the world’s diversity, while encouraging the publication of more books that reflect the world’s population. Read your world!

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018

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What Is Multicultural Children’s Book Day?

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year! It was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. I’m excited to return as a co-host of this event for yet another year!

Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.

Learn why multicultural books are so important.

Our MCBD Reviews

I was sent these two books to review as a co-host this year.

Hats of Faith is a simple board book introducing children to the idea of hats that are worn for religious reasons. The book features nine different head coverings, and it’s a great conversation starter about diversity and different faiths and belief systems.

Daddy’s Family Tree deals with the difficult topic of a father dealing with an absent father who just passed away. I like the way this book shows an adult dealing with complex personal pain – it’s a reality of life that children witness every day. I also love the way the family turns to a more in-depth study of the absent father’s family tree as a way to getting to know someone they would have loved to know better. The book includes some great resources for parents and educators.

How You Can Get Involved in Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day

There are so many fun ways to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything. Here are a few items to get you started.

A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators

Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators ebook

Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators is an excellent place to begin your search for diverse children’s books! This ebook is free the week of January 23rd-29th, so grab your copy now!

More Multicultural Children’s Book Day resources:

MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team hosts the book review link-up on celebration day and works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE. I’m honored to be included!

What are your favorite multicultural books for kids?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

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