Welcome to the 2015 Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Valarie and Mia started this day in order to raise awareness for the multicultural picture books that celebrate diversity, and to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. I am thrilled to be cohosting this event for them this year!
Ways to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day
- Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website! You will find our booklists, reading resources and other useful multicultural information.
- Visit the Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
- Watch for the #ReadYourWorld hashtag on social media and share.
- Read some of the books from the Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents section of the site.
- Visit the MCCBD sponsors! 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, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books, East West Discovery Press.
- Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
- Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website on January 27th to view and participate in our huge blogger link-up, multicultural book reviews, giveaways and more!
- Join the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th at 9:00pm EST. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages! This Twitter Party is hosted by Co-Founders Mia Wenjen (@Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr (@JumpIntoaBook1). You can review the Twitter Party Prizes on the MCCBD blog.
Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books
As part of this event, we were the happy recipients of several books from Dedie King’s “I See the Sun” series that takes children around the world through first-person accounts of fictional children from various countries around the world. Children (and adults) learn best when they can make personal connections, and these stories include the common reference of the sun as well as the familiar voice of a child as narrator.
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I think these books are really neat! They provide a nice overview of each country, and the child’s point of view keeps things simple and straightforward. I also like that each book has a bit more information about each country at the back of the book. My favorite thing about these books is the fact that the text is translated into the country’s language. I also appreciate that the series introduces children to some countries and languages that are not commonly found in children’s libraries.
Do you have a blog post featuring a favorite multicultural book? Please link it up here! We are always looking for new diverse books to discover and enjoy!