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Each year authors, publishers, parents, teachers, bloggers, and librarians join forces to present an online event that shines a spotlight on diversity in children’s literature: Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

The mission of the event is to raise awareness of diverse books AND to get more of them into classrooms and libraries.

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom created this much needed literary-based initiative in 2012.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day includes

  • a giant linky with hundreds of diverse book reviews and activities. It’s a great resource for the year! Check out the most recent Big Giant Linky.
  • a FREE Diverse Books for the USA Classrooms Program  Sign Up Here  (To date, the event has donated over 7,000 books to kids!)
  • Book Jam, held in conjunction with Children’s Book Council (CBC), featuring 10 diverse authors and illustrators sharing books and holding giveaways
  • a Twitter party and prizes

Multicultural Children's Book Day


  • 14 Book Bundles plus 5 Book Bags from Capstone Publishing. One book bundle will be given away every 5 minutes. Winners will be announced as each question closes out.
  • The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw Swag Pack: includes a signed copy of TLCB, TLCB tote bag, embroidered cherry blossom patch, TLCB stickers, TLCB magnet, cherry blossom stamp, fan, and origami paper, plus a half-hour complimentary Skype visit (watch for surprise items as well).
  • 2 Class Packs (25 books) of the early reader chapter book, Mystery of the Naga Night from Pack-n-Go Girls.

*It is recommended that you register for the Twitter Party to ensure winners can be reached.

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Twitter Party Questions & Prize Packs

Question 1 (9:00 pm): What are your favorite diversity authors, illustrators, and books? What about your kids?

Q1 Book Bundle Prize:

  • Esther’s Grager by Martha Simpson
  • Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala by Meenal Patel
  • How to Code a Roller Coaster by Josh Funk
  • Isaiah & The Chocolate Mountain by Valerie Williams Sanchez
  • The School Science Competition by Avril O’Rielly
  • Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg & B.A. Norrgard
  • When God Made the World by Matthew Paul

More Questions & Prize Packs

Cultivate understanding, kindness, inclusion, and exploration in your classroom with these FREE resources available on the MCBD website.

Physical and Developmental Challenges  This downloadable kit includes book recommendations to help readers understand physical and developmental challenges, activities, a poster, talking points, and resources.

Empathy This downloadable kit focuses on empathy and compassion through shared booklists and special home or classroom activities.

Poverty  This downloadable kit includes suggested books to help readers understand poverty in America, talking points, resources, and a poster.

Book Lists & Activities  Curated lists of books about diverse topics including countries, religions, holidays, ethnicities, special needs, and LGBTQ.

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Globe Trottin’ Kids shares the Multicultural Children’s Book Day mission and are proud reviewers for the event.

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