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Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is a non-profit that I co-founded along with fellow mom, Mia Wenjen, that has a mission of helping kids “see themselves” on the pages of the books they read. This event has evolved into something so incredibly wonderful and positive: far more than all of us could have ever imagined.
As we approach our fifth MCBD, I am excited to report that we have so many amazing things planned for our 2018 online event (1/27/18). , This holiday is usually just a one day event, but because since the day of this children’s book-related holiday lands on a Saturday, we decided to get creative on how we can make this one-day event a week-long party!
A huge part of what we do is work with authors and publishers to not only review and give publicity to their multicultural books, but to also spend hundreds of “women-hours” and thousands of dollars to get those books into the hands of young readers. Typically, the majority of our celebration exists online, but after seeing all of the amazing offline festivities that MCBD2017 inspired, we knew we wanted to do something extra special for our next event on 1/27/18.
To help our teachers and librarians bring this once-a-year celebration to life, and to continue our mission of raising awareness, we have unique and fun ways for teachers and librarians to be gifted as many as FIVE brand new diverse books for their readers:
Free Diverse Books for Kids
#1. Be part of the Offline Classroom Event Project (summary) and potentially get THREE free books for your class! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/category/offline-classroomlibrary-event-project/
#2. Be a reviewer for MCBD (summary and link to sign up page) and get a free book to review on social media in honor of the event. Details here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/our-programs/reviewer-tools-works/
#3. Participate in our Free Books for Classrooms to get a free book (describe this offering, note that supplies are limited and that books are not mailed until after the 1/27/18 event: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/our-programs/mccbd-2016-classroom-reading-challenge/
One more thing: Did you know you can get a special poster from award-winning author Juana Medina. This kit’s emphasis is on understanding and empathizing with immigrants and refugees and includes a robust booklist along with some excellent activity ideas. Get the kit HERE.
Looking forward to helping your school or library celebrate this special event in honor of diversity in children’s literature.
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay
Reminder: The hashtag for this event is #ReadYourWorld