Multicultural Children's Book Day

Weekend Links: We Need Diverse Books and Multicultural Children’s Books News & Updates

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This week was the usual whirl-wind of activities that included amazing information, connections and links in the world of Multicultural Children’s Books. As you know Multicultural Children’s Book Day is approaching rapidly {January 27th 2015) and we already have many special things to report.

SPONSORS! MCCBD is very excited to announce that we already have EIGHT amazing sponsors for this event!  Here is a list of our current sponsors and we expect a few more to hop on board soon:

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1.     Wisdom TalesPress::

2.    Daybreak Press::Najiyah::



1.     Satya House::

2.    DARIA Music::

3.     Author Stephen Hodges::



1.     Rainbow Books::

2.     Author Felicia Capers::

3.     Chronicle Books


ALSO,  Mia and I have been working diligently to finish all the steps needed for MCCBD’s 5013c non-profit status and…::drum roll::: it’s complete! MCCBD is now officially a 5013c 🙂 YAY! The much-anticipated matching process between our 80+ bloggers who have signed up to review books for the event and the authors/publishers will begin December 1. That will give all of our bloggers plenty of time to read their books and create a review and companion activity. I am especially excited to have first-hand knowledge of all the wonderful titles our bloggers will have the privilege of reviewing. I love books 🙂


Spotlight on a Sister Initiative:

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books is a wonderful movement that gained momentum and recognition early this year. This author-driven initiative is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.

WNDB recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Their mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.

Similar to Multicultural Children’s Book Day, WNDB reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including (but not limited to) publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.

WNDB is also in the process of creating and funding their newly announced Walter Dean Myers Award & Grant program “The Walter” will recognize outstanding diverse contributions by authors in Young Adult and Middle Grade literature, and provide funds to help develop new diverse authors and artists. We are excited to announce that WNDB is close to meeting its fundraising goal! Get the scoop on how you can help HERE.

Authors on Diverse Books from Undercurrent on Vimeo.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day and We Need Diverse Books are working towards the same goal, just from different angles. WNDB is working very hard to change and shift the mindset of the publishing industry and MCCBD is working to get diverse books into the hands of the end-user (kids, parents, teachers and librarians). Mia and I will be attending some huge book events soon and hope to have a conversation with the WNDB team to learn more about how we can help each other. The more of us spreading the word and shining the spotlight on diverse books, the better!

Stay tuned for more details!



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