Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 Sponsors!
THANK YOU to Honorary Sponsors-Children’s Book Council and The Junior Library Guild
Loving Lion Books is a publishing house that creates and publishes gorgeous custom children’s books featuring and celebrating children and families of color. The books are sold exclusively on our website: www.LovingLionBooks.com.
Loving Lion Books and, very first book, Love Family, launched in June of 2017. The publishing house creates visually stunning and warm books that reflect families of color, multiracial families, adoptive families and generally families that are too often absent from children’s books.
Given the dearth of representation of families of color, we believe custom books allow families to create a library of books that more closely reflect their own family and world, than if we simply created a single book with a single family.
We are very proud of our first book, Love Family. We are also very excited that Love Family will have a choice for same gendered parents in 2018. As we publish more and more books there will be more and more character options available to ensure all children see themselves, and their loved ones in our stories. So, we will add stories that include single parents, women and girls who wear hijabs or chunnis, men who wear turbans and boys who wear patkas and kippahs. We will expand our selection of books for middle readers and advanced readers.
Candlewick Press is one of the fastest-growing children’s book publishers in the United States. Established in 1991, we are a progressive and creative company, with a steadfast commitment to the best, which is due in part to our rare independence–being 100 percent employee-owned gives us the freedom to publish only the books we believe in.
Our reputation for excellence in creating beautiful, high-quality children’s books is accomplished through a staff of dedicated, focused, and energetic individuals who enjoy an innovative, team-oriented work environment.
In 1992, Candlewick Press opened its doors as an independent children’s publisher, and we remain an independent publisher today. What does that mean? We are 100 percent owned and operated by our employees — who include our 85 staff members in Somerville and more than 155 authors and illustrators.
Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with some of the highest-quality picture books anywhere. And in the years since then, our offerings have grown to encompass all ages, from board books to e-books, high-end novelty to cutting-edge fiction. What hasn’t changed is our goal of excellence, our model of independence, and our commitment to the authors and illustrators who create our books and the readers who love them.
Their vast line-up of diverse books for all ages include notable titles like Baby Goes to Market, Martin Luther King : The Peaceful Warrior, 42 is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero, Pattan’s Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story and Escalera a La Luna by Maya Soetoro-Ng and Yuyi Morales
Two decades and more than 2,000 awards and accolades later, we are as committed as ever to independent thinking and primed for a future that looks brighter than ever.
Since 2010 Audrey Press’vision is of a world filled with inspired reading based on the compelling truth that curiosity and discovery are two of our greatest life skills. This publishing house located in Maryville, TN is dedicated to creating beautiful books which inspire children, families, schools, and communities to experience, discover, and create a life long love of reading and exploring. Through the pages of our books, Audrey Press encourages others to Connect, Inspire, Teach, and Grow.
“Using beauty as our first ingredient, we plant the seeds of adventure, imagination, exploration, learning, and discovery.”
Aletha Press is the new YA imprint of Audrey Press. Not only are it’s titles for YA readers they are written by authors aged 16-26. Aletha is the Greek word for truth. Audrey Press CEO, Valarie Budayr, wants to give voice to the young writers of this generation.
KidLit TV is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Their mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
“Go on an adventure in the world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and learn more about the people who create them.”
StoryMakers: Our flagship series is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling authors and illustrators in the kid lit world. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book!
FIELD TRIP – Our crew hits the road to explore the world of kid lit.
INSIDE SCOOP – Sneak a peek at bestselling authors’ new books.
READ OUT LOUD – Read your favorite books with your favorite authors!
Plus exclusive Red Carpet coverage of special literary events.
KidLit TV is very proud of their Read Out Loud and StoryMakers episodes, where they feature diverse authors and illustrators (listed below). We also have wonderful giveaways for the MCCBD audience including two books from best selling author, Wes Moore.
Charlotte Riggle is a writer, a reader, and a passionate advocate of picture books. Her first book, Catherine’s Pascha, is as beautiful as Pascha itself, with words that sparkle and illustrations that glow with the joy of the feast.
That book took 20 years from start to finish. (You can read the story here.) Her most recent book, The Saint NicholasDay Snow, took less than two. It follows Catherine and her best friend Elizabeth during a surprise snowstorm on St. Nicholas Eve.
Catherine’s Pascha was a finalist in the 2015 Best Book Awards.
Charlotte lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, in a house full of books and music and a large fluffy white dog. She shares faith, hope, and picture books on her website, on Facebook and Pinterest, and on Instagram.
And she shares homemade cookies whenever she can. Sign up for her newsletter and get a dozen of her favorite cookie recipes!
Dreaming of true-blue friends, mysterious adventures, and faraway places? Pack-n-Go Girls take you there!
Winner of the 2014 Gold Medal, Best Children’s Chapter Book Series, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Helping children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level, is at the heart of what we do at Capstone. Our passion for creating inspired learning has made us the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for more than 25 years.
Capstone is a trusted publisher of children’s media, including books, digital products, solutions and services, literacy programs, and K-12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print and digital formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at-home reading. Capstone ignites curiosity and imagination through the power of inspiring learning experiences. #CapstoneForAllKids
Capstone offers an amazing line-up of diverse books for young readers (for all age groups) including, A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illus. by Thi Bui ( for ages 6-8), Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race by Rebecca Rissman (for ages 9-12), Katie Woo series by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Tammie Lyon (for ages 5-7), Pedro series by Fran Manushkin, illus. by Tammie Lyon (for ages 6-8), Sofia Martinez series by Jacqueline Jules, illus. by Kim Smith (for ages 6-8) and the Squishy Taylor series by Ailsa Wild, illus. by Ben Wood.
WaterBrook & Multnomah, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are imprints of Penguin Random House publishing encouraging, biblical, trusted, and thoughtful Christian books. Two of their gorgeous book they are highlighting this year are When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner and When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner.
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 for her first book, Captain No Beard, award-winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Her new nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as a love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
- Back to Homeschool Resource Award
- New York Book Festival 2016 – Honorable Mention
- National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist 2016
- Shelf Unbound Award 2015 – Best Series
- Los Angeles Book Festival
- 2016 International Book Awards
Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children’s literature.
Charlesbridge has many wonderful book titles including Waiting for Pumpsie,Lola Gets a Cat,Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education,Around the World in a Bathtub, Grandma’s Tiny House
The One Day House, The Language of Angels and The Princess and the Pea. They have also won countless awards for their work including Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, Pura Belpre Honor, Robert F. Sibert Honor and more!
Multicultural children’s book publisher Wisdom Tales Press is joining us again (for the 5th year!) as one of our BronzeSponsors!
Wisdom Tales is the name of the children’s book imprint of the award-winning publishing house, World Wisdom, which was founded in 1980. Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and people from around the world with young readers and their families. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books is intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians.
Wisdom Tales New Releases:
Gwen Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University with a B.A. in psychology. She won a Ford Foundation Fellowship and attended the University of Michigan, where she received an M.A. in psychology.
An avid lover of history, anthropology, and people, Gwen has traveled to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sicily, Capri, the Greek Islands, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, and India.
Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams
Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore
“Now we will weave a blanket of dreams.
May the white light of morning beautify this blanket.
May the red light of evening beautify this blanket.
May the falling rain beautify this blanket.
May the rainbow beautify this blanket.
May everyone sleep in beauty under a blanket of dreams.
May everyone sleep in beauty! May everyone sleep in beauty!”
Winter is coming, but the little black bear, Lump Lump, isn’t ready to go to sleep! With the help of his mother, the wise Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams. Inspired by Navajo/Diné culture and folklore, and featuring the work of famed weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas, this beautiful tale of family and friends takes the reader on a journey through the spectacular traditions and landscapes of the Southwest.
connect with gwen at gwenjacksonstories.com
RhymeTime Storybooks was officially launched October 2017 with five books. The author, Debora Emmert, and the two illustrators, Bonnie Murray and Joan Michelson, are grandmothers. They enjoyed creating large-print, rhyming storybooks to read to their grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Debora Emmert (Nonna Debora to her half-Italian grandchildren) developed RhymeTime storybooks for all young children (and grownups!) who think rhymes are both fun and important. Says Nonna Debora: “Lessons are learned from what your child hears . . . because story in verse is like music to ears.”
Her rhyming tales “Willie: Does it matter?” and “Willie: I know you are my friend,” were inspired by the life lessons she learned from her family. She enjoys creating stories based on the wisdom she learned from her mother and father, as well as from reading Aesop’s Fables during visits to her grandparents’ house as a child.
She grew up on a farm with cats and a dog, a pony and horse, sheep, cows, and pigs. She loved the dog and tolerated the cats. (She thought they were sneaky.) But then she met Jack. She thinks he’s the coolest cat ever, and sees him every chance she gets. Nonna Debora’s rhyming stories about Jack’s entertaining escapades include: “Jack the Cat: Christmas in Florida,” “Jack the Cat in Florida,” and “Jack the Cat on Chicory Ridge.”
Over her years of mothering and teaching and grandmothering, Nonna Debora has enjoyed reading to many little ones — and has learned a thing or two about what captures a child’s attention. Ms. Emmert holds a BA in English from Quincy University, and a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin.
Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. Our award-winning books are about everyone, for everyone.
LEE & LOW BOOKS is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country, and one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States. We offer books for all young readers, from leveled books for beginning readers through middle grade and young adult novels. We also publish several bilingual books, as well as books in other languages. Our books reflect the diversity and richness of the United States. LEE & LOW BOOKS is more than just a publisher: it is a leader in the movement for more diversity in literature.
More examples of exceptional books from Lee& Low
Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand, illus. by Floyd Cooper
Maya’s Blanket by Monica Brown, illus. by David Diaz
Amazing Places anthology, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Christy Hale and Chris Soentpiet
The Story I’ll Tell by Nancy Tupper Ling, illus. by Jessica Lanan
Trail of the Dead by Joseph Bruchac
TimTimTom is an independent publisher of bilingual, personalized books. It is a tech company started by Kat & Gaby after spending years with McKinsey and BBDO. Both moms share a passion for languages and reading and as they had trouble in finding bilingual books, that their kids enjoyed reading, an idea started to formulate. They noticed with their own kids – and then after thorough research – that children enjoy reading more and absorb more detail and words, when reading (or listening to) personalised stories or at least stories that have a close link to them.
Combining these two: 1)language learning and 2)inspiring kids to have more fun while reading is why TimTimTom.com was created.
Bilingual, Personalized Books – because reading in two language is twice the fun! With 10 languages and over 100 personalization possibilities to choose from, your child becomes the hero of any TimTimTom story, not only by name and appearance, but also in the languages he/she speaks or is learning in school.
Tim Tim Tom Books to watch for include Underwater Adventure and Swan Lake (coming soon!)
Language Lizard was founded in 2005 by Anneke Forzani to support parents raising bilingual children and educators working in culturally diverse classrooms.
Language Lizard provides educators, librarians and parents with resources that develop literacy skills among language learners, build inclusive classrooms and celebrate cultural diversity.
Language Lizard offers bilingual books in 50+ languages, multilingual audio products, multicultural book sets & posters, and other resources for diverse classrooms. Teachers may download free multicultural lesson plans at LanguageLizard.com/LessonPlans.htm. In addition, the company’s blog and free monthly Culture Connection newsletter provide valuable information and special offers to those working with diverse children (sign up at LanguageLizard.com/Newsletter).
The company offers occasional giveaways of bilingual and multicultural books to newsletter subscribers. Currently Language Lizard is giving away over $1000 in bilingual books with winners every month! Anyone interested in supporting multiculturalism can enter (through September 2018) at LanguageLizard.com/Win-Bilingual-Books.
Bilingual Books are available in English with Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Karen (Sgaw), Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Nepali, Norwegian, Panjabi, Pashto/Pashtu, Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish and Yoruba.
English-only multicultural book sets are also available to help parents and teachers build award-winning diverse multicultural libraries.
Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito
Inspired by his own experiences as a young boy helping his El Salvadorian grandmother navigate the US health-care system, Juan J. Guerra’s insightful, bilingual account highlights the need for culturally sensitive medical practitioners, in The Little Doctor: El doctorcito. Notes of despair and hope shine through in the strikingly animated artwork from Victoria Castillo.
Salvador raced home from school to share exciting news with his abuela: he made an A+ on his science test! But at home, he learns that his grandmother needs his help. She is going to the doctor and wants her grandson to interpret for her. Abuela is nervous because she has never been to a doctor in the United States. In El Salvador, she either saw a curandera or drank te de manzanilla when she felt sick.
When he learns that none of the physicians speak Spanish, the boy realizes that he is completely responsible for making sure the doctor understands his grandmother and that she understands his instructions! But in spite of his help, the visit does not go well. The doctor rushes in and out. He doesn’t listen to Abuela. And he tells Salvador that she should not eat so much Mexican food! Abuela is so upset that she threatens not to take the medication the doctor prescribes! What can Salvador do to help her?
Gokul! World features the globe-traveling adventures of six culturally diverse friends who go on adventures, solve problems with their individual talents, celebrate holidays, explore traditions and embrace this big, bold, beautiful world.
First introduced as a book in 2017 and soon to include an animated series, interactive digital games, music, additional books and merchandise, Gokul! World bolsters children’s social emotional development through fun, relatable and interactive adventures that celebrate cultures around the world.
Gokul Village and The Magic Fountain is the beautifully illustrated first book in the Gokul! World adventures series of books for children ages 4-7. In every story, with the help of Friendship Fountain, six friends travel the world, explore and celebrate the festivals of different cultures and traditions, forge friendships for life, and save the day.
The joy of teamwork, friendship and curiosity about the world are at the heart of every Gokul! World story. We will be launching a second book in February of 2018. We will send more details as soon as possible. However, given the timing of this event, we’d like to lean into highlighting both stories as well as the promise of our third launching a few months after our Feb. book.