Celebrating Diversity in KidLit: Multicultural Children’s Book Day
“Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity but to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries.”Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is an annual event held on the last Friday in January to shine a light on multicultural books and the authors, illustrators, and publishers who create them.
This global non-profit offers a variety of free resources, teaching tools, booklists, downloads, and a year-round initiative to get multicultural and diverse books into the hands of young readers.
Over 8,000 books have been donated to underserved kids, classrooms, and organizations, and that number continues to climb.
After being frustrated by a lack of diverse and multicultural children’s books available to their own families, reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Audrey Press Books and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom decided to take matters into their own hands. The book-loving moms teamed up to create a much-needed national event, and in 2012 the first Multicultural Children’s Book Day was celebrated.
Learn more about the Co-Founders.
Globe Trottin’ Kids has participated as a book reviewer for years (see below for past reviews) and is proud to now be a Co-Host for this important event.
Learn more about the Co-Hosts.
MCBD’s Criteria for “Multicultural” or “Diverse” Children’s Books
- Books that contain characters of color as well as main characters that represent a minority point of view.
- Books that are written by an author of diversity or color from their perspective. Search #OwnVoices to discover diverse books written by diverse authors.
- Books that share ideas, stories, and information about cultures, races, religions, languages, and traditions. These books can be non-fiction but still written in a way that kids will find entertaining and informative.
- Books that embrace special needs or even “hidden disabilities” like ADHD, ADD, and anxiety.
- Books that show IBPOC readers what is POSSIBLE–like a book that shows an Asian child as an astronaut, a child from Sudan as an actress, or a biracial child as a world leader.
Are you a publisher or an author of multicultural books for children? Would you like to donate a book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day? Learn more here.
The global online and offline event offers a variety of opportunities for celebrating diverse literature.
💠 Sign up for the FREE Diverse Books for Classrooms Program.
💠 Participate in an event-day Virtual Party.
💠 Browse hundreds of book reviews in the Big Giant Linky.
Join the celebration! Use the event hashtag #ReadYourWorld for social media.
MCBD Diversity Book Lists & Resources
Diverse World Book Lists for Kids
- antiracist books & resources
- country/geographic area
- everyday books
- world religions
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