Welcome to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day!
We are so glad you are here.
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 PragmaticMom have teamed up to create an ambitious — and much needed — national event. On January 27th five years ago, Jump into a Book and PragmaticMom created the first ever Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Mia and Valarie are on a mission to redress balance. Their focus is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries.
Meet the co-founders of Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book is a best-selling children’s author of The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, A Year in The Secret Garden, The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Dragons Are Real. She is passionate about making kids’ books come alive and is proud to be a play and reading advocate. Valarie’s mission is to inspire children, families and communities to experience our world together while having fun.
Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom is a Harvard grad with a love of children’s books, and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language, and language arts. Mia is passionate about getting kids excited about reading, and helping parents ensure that their child is successful at school.
**Multicultural Children’s Book Day is proud to announce that it is now a 5013C non-profit!