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, 2014 Jump into a Book and PragmaticMom 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 thousands 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 MCBD 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 share impressions during the three days of our 2017 event (the day before, the day of and day after Multicultural Children’s Book Day) were an astounding 3.6 BILLION!
Our total social media share impressions for three days during our 2018 event was… 3,210,943,767: Total number of social media share impressions for January 25-28, 2018. Yes…that’s BILLION with a “B.” Yes, we triple checked it. Read the full recap of this successful event here.
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.
SUMMARY OF 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 via our Twitter Party.
THIRD, an offline classroom, library or gathering place celebration —
a chance for students, educators and parents to celebrate diversity and multicultural books in locations where they are needed.
Use hashtag # ReadYourWorld for social media.
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!