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, 2014 Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom presented their very first Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books. The results and support overwhelming as authors, publishers, parents, teachers, bloggers and librarians joined forces to offer up an online event designed to shine the spotlight on diversity in children’s literature.
The inaugural year in 2014 was a huge success. Thanks to four major sponsors, over seventy children’s book review bloggers and thousand s of readers, Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2014 achieved their goal of shining the spotlight on all of the amazing multicultural children’s books available to our young readers, teachers, librarians and parents worldwide. Another proud moment came when, during MCCBD 2015, this multi-national event achieved 18.2 million social shares in three days from January 26-28th. Other notable achievements connected to this event are the addition of over a dozen CoHosts, the initiative’s non-profit status and 200 participating bloggers.
Our total social media shares for the 2016 event (the week of Multicultural Children’s Book Day) were an astounding 96 million!!
This year, MCCBD’s main focus will also be putting multicultural children’s books on shelves and into the hands of deserving families through book donations and fundraising. The MCCBD project is also adding a Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge where teachers, classroom and readers are challenged to win FREE Diversity Books for their Classroom Library!
In light of the last two year’s successes, Valarie, Mia and Project Manager Becky Flansburg are again reaching out to publishers, authors, bloggers and the news media for help in supporting their mission of showcasing kid’s books that celebrate diversity. As a publisher, author, or blogger you know how important it is to get books into the hands of families and young readers. That being said, Valarie, Mia and Becky are hoping you can support their event in these ways:
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day will include book reviews from noted bloggers all over the world, giveaways and book-related activities for young readers of all ages.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has also created a valuable resource in our Diversity Book Lists & Resources for Teachers and Parents.
Together the MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
SUMMARY OF THE EVENT
FIRST, a giant blog tour —
so that readers, parents, teachers, librarians, and caregivers can explore lots of books with diversity content via book reviews, book lists, and links.
SECOND, a giant networking event —
to connect organizers, sponsors, co-hosts, bloggers, and others interested in expanding awareness of, and promotion of multicultural children’s books.
THIRD, a virtual book drive —
to place multicultural books in locations where they are needed.
Following the book review, you will find information and links for the generous SPONSORS, CO-HOSTS, and PARTNERS of the MCCBD global event.
Have Questions? Email the MCCBD Project Manager at Becky (at) MulticulturalChildrensBookDay (dot)com.