Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Learning Table is excited to be part of the third Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Read on for information about the purpose of this event and it’s creators and sponsors as well as how you can participate.
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.
The Multicultural Children’s Book Day Mission
The MCCBD team strives 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 #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.
As part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Learning Table received a review copy of Ellis and The Magic Mirror, which we donated to a local classroom library so more kids can enjoy this multicultural book, and so we can share the Multicultural Children’s Book Day message.
Ellis and the Magic Mirror is a short chapter book about a boy named Ellis, his sister Freddye, and their friend Toro who use a magic mirror to uncover a society of “bugaboos.” These bugaboo troublemakers try to disrupt Ellis’ school by trying to prevent other students from learning, which they view as a threat. Ellis and his friends go on an adventure to discover what is going on, and the ending leaves a bit of suspense, hinting that this story might become a series.
The message in the book is that having a go-getter attitude, standing up to bullies, and valuing education are important. The book includes characters of various ethnicities and presents them in a positive way. When I taught in an inner city school, this is just the type of book I needed for my classroom library. The main character lives in a home with two parents, his Dad has a professional career, and his sister and friend are a positive influence.
Ellis’ magic mirror allows him to see the true character of those around him. When he discovers the truth behind the new kid/troublemaker, he takes positive steps to protect his friends and classmates. I think this sends a great message to young readers.
Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts, and you can us the links below or view them here.
All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Imagination Soup, I’m Not the Nanny, InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Spanish Playground
Classroom Reading Challenge
Our Classroom Reading Challenge is a very special offering from MCCBD that 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.