Multicultural Children’s Book Day Medallion Level 2019 Sponsors!
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THANK YOU to Honorary Sponsors Children’s Book Council and The Junior Library Guild
We’d also like to give an extra special nod to TheConsciousKid.org.
The Conscious Kid is an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups. They also have been a wonderful advocate for diverse books and a huge supporter of MCBD.
Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings is the founder of Make A Way Media and the author of nine diverse children’s books including, Heart, My Trip to the Beach, If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I?, My Dad’s Job, Love Is…,Think of It Like This!, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess, and I Want To Be a Bennett Belle.
Her newest book, Like Rain Water, is a diverse therapeutic book for kids ages 10 and up. Like Rain Water is a beautiful and inspiring story about hope and compassion towards yourself and towards others. Therapist, attorney, author, and mom Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings passes down lessons learned from her mother. This book teaches coping skills using therapeutic techniques based in mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a new way. Children and adults will love the beautiful illustrations and the real-world practical advice found in this book. Tips and techniques can be colored and shared with others in your life. There is also a section at the end of the book which provides practical guidance on journaling, with lasting reminders of the kind of life you would like to choose to live! Like Rain Water is a special story meant to be shared with everyone in your life.
Deedee has spent more than two decades working with families and centers much of her writing around her experience working with kids in therapeutic foster care. Her stories are filled with positive and hopeful messages. She also uses therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills and lessen the stigma some people feel about receiving mental health assistance.
STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators. 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, affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress.
READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy story time with authors at KLTV HQ!
READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
YOUNG AT ART with James Ransome – On this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills from shapes to colors!
IN STUDIO– Join the KLTV film crew as we visit artists’ studios around the world!
PAST PRESENT: GIVING PAST STORIES NEW LIFE with Lesa Cline-Ransome – Explore non-fiction story writing, share how we can learn about ourselves and find common bonds with people from the past.
PHIL’S FAST FIVE – A fun, fast-paced Q&A hosted by author Phil Bildner.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LIBRARIES – Find out what REALLY happens in the library!
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Native American cultures are colorful and varied, and there is much that our children can learn from their enriching music, language, art, and folktales. As an introduction to the Southeastern Native American Chickasaw Nation, Chickasaw Press is delighted to present the multi-award-winning, C IS FOR CHICKASAW.
BOOK INFO: The award-winning children’s book C is for Chickasaw by Wiley Barnes walks children of all ages through the letters of the alphabet as it teaches elements of Chickasaw history, language, and culture. Each topic is introduced by two lines of rhyming verse, followed by additional information explaining its place or importance in Chickasaw culture.
Colorful illustrations familiarize readers with the style of Southeastern Native American art, and a question and activity section in the back provides a springboard for further discussion.
The C is for Chickasaw children’s book can be paired with its companion learning tools, the C is for Chickasaw app and the recently released C is for Chickasawcoloring book, to provide additional hours of fun while learning about Chickasaw language and culture. For grades 1-2. Watch the video here.
AUTHOR INFO: Wiley Barnes, Chickasaw, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He has spent nearly eighteen years forging a career in publishing, writing, printing, and graphic design, with the last eleven years at the Chickasaw Nation. During that time he has had the pleasure of working on a number of projects that promote Chickasaw culture and celebrate Chickasaw people. Barnes lives in Ada, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children.
Founded in 2015, Plum Street Press is a New Orleans-based boutique children’s book publisher who believes that all children should get to see themselves and their friends represented in the pages of books. “We believe that seeing all kinds of people in stories helps to affirm and uplift our humanity. Historically, many groups of people have been underrepresented, and we believe that responsibly increasing that representation can only help us all. That is why, whether fantasy or reality, all of our books feature children of color just being kids.
The Plum Street Press family of published works include stand-out books like Jupiter Storm and the Jaden Toussaint: The Greatest series (by Marti Dumas), Nadia Knox and the Eye of Zinnia (by Jessica McDougle), and the Swift Walker series (by Verlyn Tarlton).
Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest – Episode 5: Mission Star-Power by Marti Dumas
Giant Afro. Even Bigger Brain.
Jaden Toussaint is a five-year-old who knows it all. I mean, really knows it all. Animal Scientist. Great Debater. Master of the art of ninja dancing. There’s nothing Jaden Toussaint can’t do.
This time our hero is on a quest–a star quest. JT wants to get a million likes so he can be a famous animal explorer who teaches kids stuff on tv (and possibly Broadway). Unfortunately, his parents won’t even let him post the video. How can he get a million likes if he can’t even post the video? Never fear. Jaden Toussaint always has a plan. (Ages 5-10)
Nadia Knox and the Eye of Zinnia by Jessica McDougle:
Nadia Knox knows all about secrets, but nothing has prepared her for what the Eye of Zinnia will reveal!
For as long as she can remember, Nadia and her younger brother, Chris, have been tagging along with their parents as they travel the world searching for the untold stories of ancient societies, including the Kamju, a civilization hidden deep in the wilds of Uganda. Nadia knows how important this discovery could be to her parents, but she can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. After all, wouldn’t there be more than legends and whispers of magic if the Kamju actually wanted to be found? (Ages 8-12)
To see all of the amazing authors and diverse book offerings from Plum Street, visit their website,.
Dreaming of true-blue friends, mysterious adventures, and faraway places? Pack-n-Go Girls take you there!
Huda Essa, the founder of Culture Links, LLC, has positively influenced countless communities through her engaging and thought-provoking learning opportunities. Huda utilizes her extensive experience as a Cultural Competency Consultant, Culturally Responsive Educator, and English Language Development Specialist to support organizations in successfully meeting their diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is the author of the motivational children’s book, Teach Us Your Name, focused on empowering children to take pride in their many identities while showing respect for themselves and others. Huda continues to write culturally relevant children’s books and is also the producer of a series of short films focused on matters of social justice. Watch her TED Talk to learn the purpose for this book and the story that lead to its creation.
Author Charlotte Riggle
In The St. Nicholas Day Snow,, a huge snowstorm hits Elizabeth’s small community on Saint Nicholas Day. But, of course, it’s about more than that. The story starts on the morning of the Eve of St. Nicholas. Elizabeth’s grandmother is sick, and her parents have to leave town to make sure she’s okay. So Elizabeth is spending the day and the night with Catherine.
Elizabeth’s parents have totally forgotten that it’s St. Nicholas Eve. In their family, St. Nicholas visits on St. Nicholas Eve and leaves gifts in the children’s shoes. In Catherine’s family, St. Nicholas visits on Christmas Eve. So, on top of being worried about her grandmother, Elizabeth is now worried that St. Nicholas won’t visit her. She argues with Peter, Catherine’s little brother, about when and how St. Nicholas visits. The St. Nicholas Day Snow, can be purchased on Amazon.
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.
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 fluffy brown 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!
The Monkey King’s Daughter® is the powerful, heartwarming, coming-of-age story of Meilin, a contemporary Chinese-American teenage girl, tightly wrapped in high adventure and fantastic Chinese mythological settings. For ages 8+.
Book 1 in the series isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King—it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, she doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half demon at all. As far as Meilin knows, she’s an ordinary 14-year-old high school freshman from Midland Hills, California, facing all the problems that bright young girls face at that age—flakey girlfriends, zits, too much homework, bad hair days, obnoxious boys. But all of that changes when her ancient past catches up with her…
Steeped in the universal tenants of Compassion, Humility, Loyalty, Balance and Honor, The Monkey King’s Daughter® delivers solid family core-values and a new female action hero & role model for a multicultural world.
The Monkey King’s Daughter® is all about empowerment through the realization of self-worth, deed, and valor. It’s Meilin’s journey of personal growth, amid the trials of extraordinary circumstance and adversity, that drives each adventure.
T.A. DeBonis is an Author, Screenwriter, Film/TV Editor/Producer/DirectorFilm/and is a dedicated father of 6.
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.
Redfin is a technology-powered, residential real estate brokerage. We’re proud that Redfin is a place where different points of view are encouraged and respected. At the same time, we recognize that meaningful change requires ongoing analysis and action. We’re cultivating greater inclusion and diversity with employee-led initiatives across the company.
Redfin is committed to education and diversity which aligns well with the vision of Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s initiatives.
Kitaabworld advocates to spread awareness about South Asian and diverse children’s literature, and provide resources for teachers, librarians and parents.
We are an independent publishing house and have published two books in 2018. We also run an online bookstore where we curate books from around the world which feature traditional, contemporary and re-imagined stories on and about South Asia. Through our content platform, we publish booklists on various South Asian topics, conduct author interviews and feature guest posts.
In early 2017, we ran our ‘Counter Islamophobia Through Stories‘ campaign to showcase positive stories and representations of Muslim which led to the book, Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding through Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
We also collaborate with libraries, schools and other institutions in the community to conduct diverse story times, school visits, as well as speaking engagements and educator workshops.
Room In Your Heart, a heartwarming story from Bhutan which reflects their tradition of hospitality. This is a universal story about kindness and the generosity of spirit. “There will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart.” – a stirring message that has a striking relevance in today’s troubling times. This North American edition is also packed with additional fun facts on Bhutan that take you on a trip to this little-known place.
Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why provides a biographical account of a lesser-known hero of India’s freedom movement, Babasaheb Ambedkar. He was born into a low-caste in a rigid society, his status and experiences informed his life choices. He worked hard to educate himself and fought for the rights of marginalized people. Babasaheb went on to become India’s first law minister and established ‘equality and justice for all’ as the founding principles of the Constitution of the world’s largest democracy.
“Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding Through Children’s and Young Adult Literature” (adult book) is an extension of the ideas from our Counter Islamophobia Through Stories campaign. Muslims in Story is a timely and proactive approach to tackling this Islamophobia, by engendering friendships and empathy through quality children’s and young adult literature. With a short history of Muslims in America to the present issues they currently face, this book offers a look at a more hopeful future of creating empathy, respect, and understanding towards Muslims.
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, including a recent giveaway of over $1,500 worth of bilingual books. Anyone interested in supporting multiculturalism can enter our current giveaway (through January 2019) 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.
Vivian Kirkfield is a former kindergarten teacher and the author of several upcoming picture books including Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House, Feb 12, 2019); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019); Sweet Dreams, Sarah (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); and From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) as well as the parent-teacher guide, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (MoneyPenny Press, 2010).
Sweet Dreams, Sarah is based on the story of Sarah Goode; an African American woman with big dreams. With freedom in her pocket and ideas swirling in her head, she opened the first black-owned furniture store in Chicago, built an innovative piece of furniture to help her customers save space, and became one of the first African American women to own a U. S. patent…part of a long line of ingenious women working to make life better for their communities. For ages 7-11.
In 2013, Vivian traveled halfway around the world to speak about the importance of picture books at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. And in February of 2019, she will be presenting at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in Sydney, Australia. She is the founder of the #50PreciousWords Writing Contest for adults and the#50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge where kids from all across the globe are invited to submit stories of 50 words or less.
Vivian lives in the quaint New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner.
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
Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with the 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 is pleased to add a few amazing books that celebrate the world’s many cultures to our 2018 list, including the Orbis Pictus Honor book We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac; Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Rachel Himes; and Someone New a companion to Anne Sibley O’Brien’s overwhelmingly received I’m New Here.
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 Angelsand The Princess and the Peas. They have also won countless awards for their work including Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, Pura Belpre Honor, Robert F. Sibert Honor and more!
An adoptive mother of two now-adult children and a former foster parent, Gayle H. Swift is also a certified coach, co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together,) a former teacher, and adoptive family newsletter editor. A fifty-three-year survivor of ovarian cancer, she believes in the joy of the present moment and the blessing of family relationships. In her travels with her family, Gayle has zip-lined in Costa Rica, Paraglided in Peru, and kayaked in Antarctica but parenting proved to be the greatest adventure of her life.
She collaborated on the multi-award-winning ABC, Adoption & Me with her daughter Casey A. Swift (an adoptee,) and trusts that it will support adoptees and the families who love them. Gayle blogs on adoption and reviews books through an Adoption-attuned* lens. Gayle has presented at the NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children) Conference and is available to speak. She believes in the power of books to inform, heal, awaken, mobilize, and create community.
Named a Favorite Read of 2013 by Adoptive Families, (the award-winning national adoption magazine.) Named a Notable Picture Book for 2013 by Shelf Unbound in their Dec/Jan 2014 issue; Honorable Mention – Gittle List of 2014; Finalist; IPNE 2014 Book Awards (Independent Publishers of New England), Honorable Mention 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; “Children’s Fiction Illustrated” Finalist in the 2016 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Honorable Mention Independent Author’s Network Awards
Judy Dodge Cummings is the author of 21 nonfiction books for children and teens. She has written six narrative nonfiction books in Nomad Press’s Mayhem & Mystery series, including Revolutions: Real Tales of Radical Change in America. This book for readers aged 9 to 12 explores the lives of firebrands who used muskets and marches, boycotts and lawsuits in their struggle for justice.
When Joseph Plumb Martin was only 15 years old, he committed treason when he joined the Continental Army to fight for American independence. Sengbe Pieh’s fight for freedom took him from the bowels of a slave ship to the nation’s highest court. During World War II, the Fair Play Committee, made up of Japanese American men, refused to comply with the draft as long as the United States government had their families locked up simply because of their Japanese heritage. In the days of the segregated south, Claudette Colvin was denied the most basic rights because of her black skin. One day, this teenager decided she had had enough and she refused to relinquish her seat on the bus to a white woman. After a childhood of toiling in California’s fruit and vegetable fields, Cesar Chavez challenged the power of the agricultural industry, becoming a voice of hope for thousands of poor migrant workers.
Young readers will be inspired by these rebels who refused to accept the status quo. They acted boldly, provoked change, and fundamentally changed American history.
Judy Dodge Cummings also writes activity-based nonfiction that both narrate past events and engages readers in problem-solving and historical inquiry. Her forthcoming title in this genre, Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twentieth-first Century is scheduled for release in April 2019.
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) personalized 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 languages 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.
Lin Rajan Thomas is the author of multicultural children’s novel Every Sparrow Was Made to Fly. She is also published author with Chicken Soup for the soul series. For the young and young at heart, Lin’s writing has captivated readers of all ages. The driving force behind her writing is to create inspiring stories where diverse kids can find children like themselves as the main protagonist in the books that they read. She writes from her personal experiences and experiences shared by people around her.
Lin’s book, Every Sparrow Was Made to Fly, is a multicultural middle-grade fiction novel. It is a story about overcoming challenges, following your dreams, inspiration, and friendship.
A journey of dreams, friendship, challenges, and self-discovery. An inspirational must-read for children ages 7-13. Twelve-year-old Sammy lives happily in Goa, a former Portuguese colony dotted with sandy beaches on the west coast of India. She is about to lose her favorite vacation spot, her Uncle’s mansion. Right when she stumbles on an exciting mystery, her parents decide to immigrate to America, a change Sammy does not want. Sammy faces hurdle after hurdle, as she tries to fit in. What is the ancient mystical secret she will uncover? How will she make things right? Join Sammy on a riveting journey of twists and turns, and then a surprise landing.
Since their first success with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Official Children’s Book of Michigan) in 1998, Sleeping Bear Press has impressed young readers, parents, teachers, and booksellers with high-quality, beautifully illustrated picture books. As a small children’s book publisher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they are proud to say that readers throughout the country know them by name.
Sleeping Bear Press’ books have inspired sterling reviews, won numerous awards, have been featured in presentations, and even found their way under the White House Christmas tree. No matter our size, our goal remains the same: Provide books that enrich children’s lives through stories that blend entertaining text with educational content.
Dow Phumiruk, a pediatrician, was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and came to live in the United States when she was about three years old. She loves children and sharing stories, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Dow’s book, Mela and the Elephant, is the story of a girl named Mela who sets out to explore the river outside her village but quickly ends up in trouble when her little boat is swept downstream and into the dense jungle. She encounters a crocodile, a leopard, and some monkeys, offering each a prize return for helping her find her way home but the animals snatch up their rewards without helping Mela back to her village. Just when she’s about to give up, an elephant shows Mela that kindness is its own reward. This new fable is told with authentic Thai customs and includes an author’s note with more Thai traditions and language. For ages 5-8.
Dow lives with her family in Lone Tree, Colorado. Visit www.artbydow.com to learn more.