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 Audrey Press Books and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom have teamed up to create an ambitious — and much-needed — national event. On January 27th, 2012, Wenjen and Budayr 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 was a huge success. Thanks to four major sponsors, over seventy children’s book review bloggers, and thousands of readers, Multicultural Children’s Book Day 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.
Fast forward seven years and the event has not only grown exponentially, it now has offline classroom programs and a global reach.
To date, this non-profit has donated over 8,000 books to kids and that number continues to climb.
SUMMARY OF MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY EVENT
FIRST, a unique opportunity to shine the spotlight on diverse/multicultural books, authors and publishers.
SECOND, a giant online book reviewing event —
Book appreciators, readers, parents, teachers, librarians, and caregivers have the opportunity to explore lots of children’s and YA books with diversity content via online marketing that provides robust visibility for authors and publishers, book reviews, classroom kits, classroom book bundles, contests, giveaways, book lists, activity suggestions, and links.
THIRD, a giant networking event —
An ongoing mission to connect organizers, sponsors, co-hosts, bloggers, and others interested in expanding awareness of, and promotion of multicultural children’s books via our Twitter Party and very active MCBD Facebook Group.
FOURTH, an offline classroom, library or gathering place celebration —
A chance for students, educators, and parents to celebrate diversity and multicultural books in the months leading up to, and during, the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration that is held on the last Friday in January.
FIFTH, a year-long literacy-based initiative-
That works tirelessly to provide books to classrooms, organizations, and under-served kids all year long via book donations.
Use hashtag # ReadYourWorld for social media.
This year, MCBD’s main focus will also be putting multicultural children’s books on shelves and into the hands of deserving families through book donations. We also added:
- Classroom Kindness Kit
- Classroom Empathy Kit
- FREE Diversity Book Program to Teachers for their classroom library
- Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators eBook Fundraiser
- #ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2018 (presenting 24 diversity authors and illustrators with book giveaways)
- #ReadYourWorld Twitter Party (hundreds of diversity children’s book given away during the one hour Twitter Party)
- Support our Mission! (a fundraising effort that markets diversity books on behalf of authors)
- Diversity Book Lists Resource (hundreds of the best lists)
- Big Giant Linky (reviews of diversity books from our event!)
How to get involved?
GO HERE to view current Sponsorship Levels and rates
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.
Go HERE to be a book reviewer.
Go HERE to get a free book for your classroom.
Go HERE to donate and help us get books into the hands of under-served kids.
Go HERE to view our current Medallion Level Sponsors
Go HERE to see our current Author Sponsors.
Go HERE to see the latest on the MCCBD blog.
Go HERE to get to know our valued CoHosts.
Questions? Email the MCBD Project Manager at Becky (at) MulticulturalChildrensBookDay (dot)com.
Support our Mission! Monetary donations that help us continue to get diverse books into the hands of young readers is always appreciated. Click the button below…every little bit helps!