Multicultural Children’s Book Day

MCCBD 2015 was a HUGE success! Read all about this wonderful event that celebrates diversity in children’s literature HERE and HERE.

To see a preview of Sponsorship for MCCBD 2016, go here.

To date we have over 200 different suggestions for multicultural titles for kids. Please check out our Link Party and create a new reading list for your family!




We are so excited to announce our 2nd Multicultural Children’s Book Day January 27th, 2015 because we’ve added …

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blogger Co-Hosts

We are excited to add our amazing Co-Hosts to help spread the word about diversity books for kids:

Africa to America

Africa to America

All Done Monkey

All Done Monkey

The Educators’ Spin on It

The Educators' Spin on It, Multicultural Children's Book Day co-hosts

Growing Book by Book

Growing Book by Book

InCultural Parent

InCulture Parent

Kid World Citizen

Kid World Citizen

Mama Smiles

Mama Smiles

Multicultural Kid Blogs

multicultural kid blogs

Sprout’s Bookshelf

Sprout's Bookshelf

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Non-Profit Collaborators

We’re also partnering with First Book to be able to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it!

First Book and Multicultural Children's Book Day

We are collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

Children's Book Council and Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Sponsors

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2015 sponsors

Our Platinum sponsor is back from last year, Wisdom Tales Press!

Wisdom Tales press and Multicultural Chlldren's Book Day

We have a new Platinum sponsor, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop & Gathering Space.

Daybreak press global bookshop

We have three new Gold sponsors: Satya House, Multicultural Kids, and Stephen Hodges of The Magic Poof!

The Magic Poof, Stephen Hodges


Three Silver Sponsors: Lee and Low Books, Omnibus Publishing, Capstone Publishing and Junior Library Guild!

Lee and Low Books

Omnibus publishing

capstone publishingJunior Library GuildWe have eight Bronze sponsors: Rainbow Books, Felicia Capers of Enough of Frankie Already!, Chronicle Books for Lowriders in Space, Muslim Writers Publishing, Bliss Group Books, Double Dutch Dolls, author Richa Jha, and East West Discovery Press.

Rainbow Books

Enough of Frankie Already!

Chronicle Books, Lowriders in Space

Muslim Writers Publishing


Bliss Life Books

Double Dutch Dolls

Richa Jha books

East West Discovery Press


Author Sponsors include:

Beautiful Rainbow World by Suzee Ramirez

Lulu and the Very Big Meanies by Mac McGooshie, illustrated by Alexis Hogwood

Real Street Kidz Multicultural Children’s Book Series by Quentin Holmes

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherill Cannon

The Garden of My Imaan from Peachtree Publishers

Multicultural Children’s Book Day New Website

And did I mention that we have a new Multicultural Children’s Book Day website as a year round resource to help parents, teachers, librarians and kids find the perfect diversity books they are seeking?!

Multicultural Children's Book Day website


Update November 2014


Our new MCCBD website is up and running! View our Sponsors for 2015 HERE, our Virtual Book drive HERE and how you can get involved HERE.

Update August 2014


The MCCBD website is under construction! It’s not done yet and we still have plenty to add, but you can take a sneak peek HERE.

Update July 15, 2014

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015 Welcomes Seven Event Co-Hosts!

As of July 1, 2014 the MCCBD Team has secured seven very special Co-Hosts for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Our hand-picked Co-Hosts are all veteran bloggers with large readerships, influence and reach. Our committed Co-Hosts include; Sprout’s Bookshelf, All Done Monkey, Kid World Citizen, InCultural Parent, Growing Book by Book, Mama Smiles and Africa to America. Co-Hosts will be responsible for spreading the word about the event via their own social media channels and blog and also hosting the MCCBD Linky the week of the event.

The MCCBD Planning Team is also in the process of working with a nationally recognized children’s reading literature organization with the hopes that they will  be our designated charity for all book donations and even some of the monetary proceeds of the 2015 MCCBD event. Stay tuned for more details on that juicy little tidbit!




Update May 4, 2014

The Wheels are in Motion!

This last week was our first major planning session for the next Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Thanks to the huge success of the first MCCBD, the next event will be on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. We have some new ideas in the works and will be more committed than ever to not only shine the spotlight on all the wonderful multicultural children’s books out there, but better ways to get these books into the hands of schools, libraries and reading families. Stay tuned for more details!

Update {Feb 7, 2014}

WE did it!

Thank you for making our January 27th event such a HUGE success!

Please take a moment to read our event recap and thank you page HERE and be sure and enjoy the MCCBD Linky that contains 140+ titles, reviews and recommendations for celebrating diversity in children’s literature HERE.

multicultural childrens book day


Multicultural Children’s Book Day:Celebrating Diversity in Children’s


January 27, 2014

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.

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom have teamed up to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event.  On January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be presenting the first ever Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

Content does matter, and we know that the more children read—especially about themselves—the better the odds are to close the achievement gap,” Prewitt said, who speaks to groups about the 30 Million Word Gap. The study showed that low income children hear 30 million fewer words by age three than high income children.  “It’s time for the publishing industry to catch up with reality and maybe Multicultural Children’s Book Day will be the catalyst.”Renee Prewitt-Author and CEO of Prewitt Group


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.




Here are some ways you can help us celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day

  • Have children bring in their favorite multicultural book to school on this day and share it with the class.
  • Have a special Multicultural Children’s Book Day book read aloud time.
  • Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
  • Read Around the Continents and Countries. Great resources list a and
  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day page at Jump Into a Book.
  • Visit our Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
  • Do a craft or activity presented on Jump Into a Book or Pragmatic Mom which relates to the many cultures in our world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Read Around the Continents: South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Europe.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

The Monkey King

Grandfather Tang’s Story: Storytelling with Tangrams

Mama Miti

Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days


Our Wonderful Sponsors!


Wisdom Tales Press:

Wisdom Tales Press


Wisdom Tales Press is a children’s book imprint of World Wisdom for the purpose of sharing the wisdom and beauty of cultures around the world with young readers and their families. Visit Wisdom Tales Books.


Chronicle Books:

Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one         of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes illustrated titles in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle and pop culture, as well as much-admired books for children and ancillary products through its gift division. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit

Chronicle Books proud presents Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson as their Multicultural Children’s Book pick!

«“Baker’s entire life spreads out in this tapestry of words.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

« “An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Lee & Low Books:

Lee & Low Books

LEE & LOW BOOKS is a award-winning children’s book publisher focusing on diversity. Our books are about everyone, for everyone. Our goal is to meet the need for stories that all children can identify with and enjoy. We publish picture books, middle grade, and YA titles, including bilingual books under our CBP imprint and science fiction and fantasy under our Tu Books imprint.

Author Susan Fayad

Susan Fayad

Susan Daniel Fayad, author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha was written as a tribute to her father to honor him in the eyes of her children. Fayad wrote the book to highlight Lebanese culture while emphasizing a universal theme of appreciation and counting your blessings. You can connect with Susan on Twitter (@grandadmasbaha ) or Facebook.

Tweet: Please Pin, Tweet, Like,Honk, Dance or Shout to help us spread the word on this important event! #MCKlitDay

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Support our MCCBD Review  Bloggers!

60+ wonderful bloggers stepped forward and agreed to review multicultural children’s books for our special event. Please take a moment to visit these bloggers, read their reviews and say “thank you” for spotlight all of the amazing books, authors and publishers.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  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 · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Kid Lit ReviewsKid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 




***If you have any further questions about this event or how to get involved, email Becky(at)AudreyPress(dot)com


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