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Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books


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

Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books

The new multicultural I See the Sun children's book series from Dedie King is a great way to teach kids about the world!

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.


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

23 thoughts on “Celebrate the World with Multicultural Picture Books”

  1. This is beautiful! I love these books. What a wonderful way to teach kids tolerance for other ethnic groups!

  2. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    This looks like a great series. We have had a few “If You Were Me and Live in..” books, and they are also a lot of fun for younger kids.

    1. I really liked that! It is important for kids to learn about all the countries, not just the ones that happen to be featured on the nightly news.

  3. jeannine @ waddleeahcha.com

    Wonderful! We’ve been doing a great big geography study and reading children’s literature from around the world has been a highlight!

  4. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Oh, I love the idea behind the series. They remind of me of Carole Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in… Russia, North Korea, Greece, etc. series. Visiting from the MCCBD Linky List! Happy MCCBD! :-)

  5. I love this series too! Thank you so much MaryAnne for joining us as a co-host and for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and wonderful review!

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