Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: A Recap and Some REALLY Big Thank Yous

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We did it!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature {January 27th} was a HUGE success! Over 65+ bloggers , four major sponsors, numerous authors and hundreds of readers showed up to read, visit and enjoy the multicultural book titles, discussions and book-related activities!

Multicultural CHildren's BOok Day



Meet your hosts and co-creators of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Valarie Budayr


Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book is a best-selling children’s author of The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and is proud to be a play and reading advocate. Valarie’s mission is to inspire children,families, and communities, to experience and create our world together while having fun.


Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom is a Harvard grad with a love  of children’s books (picture books through YA) and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language and language arts. Mia is passionate about getting kids excited about reading and helping parents ensure that their child is successful at school.



Wisdom Tales Press:

Chronicle Books:

Lee & Low Books:

Author Susan Fayad

Book Donators

We were blessed with a mittful of wonderful authors and publishers who generously donated review copies of books to our bloggers. Author Margi Preus, Barefoot Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Arundel Publishing, author Renee Prewitt, The Magic Poof, Wisdom Tales Press, Chronicle BooksLee & Low Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad, author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha.



Each blogger who participated has their own spin, thoughts, reviews and activities connected to Multicultural Children’s Book Day books, so please take the time visit the below blogs and read their posts. We are proud to say all of our bloggers went above and beyond and were instrumental in making this event a huge success.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Library Mama · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School for Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Between The Covers ·  Bookish Ambition · Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · Geek Club Books · GEO Librarian · GIFT Family Services · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Barefoot Bookworms · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Just Children’s Books · Kid Lit Reviews · Kids Yoga Stories · Kid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Monkey Poop · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · My White Board · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · Randomly Reading · Reading Through Life · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Svetlana’s Reads and Views · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Good Long Road · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil


Valarie had the privilege of sharing the MCCB story on live TV!

Mia was invited to guest blog on Nerdy Book Club!

Nerdy Book Club


The Results

This wonderful day came to a close as bloggers, publishers and authors converged on PragmaticMom and Jump Into A Book for one Big Gigantic Linky Party and Giveaway. To date we have over 144 different suggestions for multicultural titles for kids. Please check out our Link Party and create a new reading list for your family!

In Conclusion

Our mission for this event was 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. Thanks to extended media attention, social media and the help of all involved with Multicultural Children’s Book Day, we feel we achieved all of that {and then some!} and we couldn’t be prouder!


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