It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day! #ReadYourWorld
Each year, we look forward to participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day to help spread the word about the need to include diverse books in children’s reading repertoire. Fortunately, there are many great titles out there, and more and more authors and illustrators are addressing this need and producing new content all the time.
When I was teaching in an inner city school years ago, it was difficult to find age-appropriate books that represented my students. I am so happy to participate in this wonderful celebration of multicultural children’s books and to be able to help other parents and educators find resources that meet the needs of the children in their lives.
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ABC, Adoption & Me
>>>ABC, Adoption & Me — a Multi-cultural Picture Book for Adoptive Families by Gayle H. Swift and Casey A. Swift celebrates adoption through an alphabetical story. It highlights the wonderful things about adoption, as well as some of the more difficult issues adoptees and their families face. It can serve as a conversation starter for families and help families talk about sensitive issues in a non-threatening way.
The illustrations in ABC, Adoption & Me feature multicultural characters and customs, so all kids will relate to the story while feeling like they are perfect just the way they are. There is a wonderful resource at the front of this book–a “How to Use” section that offers helpful suggestions for addressing sensitive issues in a healthy way. As every parent knows, keeping a line of communication open with your child is important.
A book like ABC, Adoption & Me sensitively reaffirms that a child’s questions and feelings are okay and normal. It addresses that sometimes, adopted children will think about their birth families, that they may miss their birth families, and that they may have many questions about their heritage. These feelings are not only normal, but talking about them openly will strengthen the bonds between these children and their forever families.
Read Your World
>>>Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators (Kindle Edition) is a wonderful resource to help you find books created around a topic or theme. Themes include Diversity as Everyday, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Middle East,South America, World Religion, Special Needs, Latin America, Asian American, African American and much more.
For a limited time (through January 30th), this book is available free for Kindle. Click the link above to grab your copy!
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 Co Host 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 Co Hosts 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