Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 Sponsors!
THANK YOU to Honorary Sponsor- The Junior Library Guild
Author Carole P. Roman
Fathers Incorporated/ Real Dads Read
New York Media Works, LLC/ KidLit TV
Capstone Young Readers
Child’s Play USA
Author Gayle Swift
Wisdom Tales Press is joining us again (for the 4th year!) as one of our Bronze Sponsors!
Lee & Low Books
Live Oak Media
Author Charlotte Riggle
Medallion Level Sponsors Extended Details.
Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe. The mission of Scholastic is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy. Scholastic will also be helping with social media efforts surrounding this event and working to get the MCBD the message out. We will have more details and images in the days to follow, but in the meantime we simply wanted to share the good news. Be sure and connect with Scholastic on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and multiple other social media outlets.
Founded by two young mothers, Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland, in England in 1992, Barefoot Books has published 600+ multicultural books for children that encourage discovery, imagination, creativity and global citizenship. Their first app, Barefoot World Atlas, has 4 million downloads, and their YouTube Channel has 80 million views. Most importantly, over nearly a quarter of a century, Barefoot has put more than 20 million books into the hands of children around the world. Now based in Cambridge, MA, Barefoot is leveraging its vibrant, timeless family brand with a social selling model that empowers women entrepreneurs. With a mission to “Share Stories, Connect Families, and Inspire Children,” Barefoot believes that sharing diverse and inclusive books nurtures compassion in our next generation, helping to create a kinder, more accepting world.
The Barefoot Book of Children
Empower tomorrow’s global citizens to grasp today’s critical social issues with The Barefoot Book of Children. Hand-painted illustrations and straightforward text directly engage the reader, inviting children to ask themselves: How do other children live? How are we different? And most importantly: How are we alike? The Barefoot Book of Children is a playful, powerful and thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity and tie us all together.
Ages 3 – 10
64pp 10 x 11¾ IN
$19.99 USD / $24.99 CAD
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Broccoli is a New York start-up company that focuses on collecting traditional stories from all over the world. Each of their multicultural children’s books come in six languages – English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Their unique and high-quality books also feature voice narration for all six languages, plus music and sound effects.
“We collect traditional stories from all over the world. Our mission is to educate children about different cultures and let them know that reading is another fun activity that they can do on digital devices. We believe that understanding each other is the first step to uniting diverse people into one community.” Wonjin Park of Broccoli.com
Explore the Broccoli.com options on Google Play HERE. Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 for her first book, Captain No Beard, award-winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Her new nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as a love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
Back to Homeschool Resource Award
ERIK Award for Best Children’s Book
NABE Pinnacle Award
Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
Indie Reader Approved 4 ½ Stars
Foreword Review – Five Star Clarion Review
Reader’s Views Book by Book Publicity Literary Award 1st Place Winner 2013
Reader’s Views Kids Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year
Reader’s Views Literary Award Winner 2014-2015 Reviews Choice Award
Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year 2013
BooksandAuthor.com 2015 Book of the Year – Juvenile Fiction Series
New York Book Festival 2016 – Honorable Mention
National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist 2016
Shelf Unbound Award 2015 – Best Series
Los Angeles Book Festival
2016 International Book Awards
Connect with Carole on her website, Facebook and Twitter
Located within the walls of our creative studios at the foothills of the breathtakingly beautiful Smoky Mountains (Maryville, Tennessee), Audrey Press prides itself in working hard to create books, e-books, and enhanced e-books. Our main focus is to create paths that open up the world of possibilities for readers of all ages, through the magic of books, reading and play.
The mission of Audrey Press is to inspire children, families, schools and all of our communities, no matter how small or how large, to experience, discover, and create our world together through the power of books. Audrey Press strives to plant the seeds of adventure, magic and togetherness by taking books off shelves and stories off pages. Discover, Inspire, Share.
Mom’S Choice Award 2015
Kirkus Top Pick/ Children’s Picture Books (Dragons Are Real) 2016
Connect with Valarie Budayr and Audrey Press on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter
Candlewick Press is one of the fastest-growing children’s book publishers in the United States. Established in 1991, we are a progressive and creative company, with a steadfast commitment to the best, which is due in part to our rare independence–being 100 percent employee-owned gives us the freedom to publish only the books we believe in.
Our reputation for excellence in creating beautiful, high-quality children’s books is accomplished through a staff of dedicated, focused, and energetic individuals who enjoy an innovative, team-oriented work environment.
In 1992, Candlewick Press opened its doors as an independent children’s publisher, and we remain an independent publisher today. What does that mean? We are 100 percent owned and operated by our employees — who include our 85 staff members in Somerville and more than 155 authors and illustrators.
Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with some of the highest-quality picture books anywhere. And in the years since then, our offerings have grown to encompass all ages, from board books to e-books, high-end novelty to cutting-edge fiction. What hasn’t changed is our goal of excellence, our model of independence, and our commitment to the authors and illustrators who create our books and the readers who love them.
Two decades and more than 2,000 awards and accolades later, we are as committed as ever to independent thinking and primed for a future that looks brighter than ever.
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Fathers Incorporated/Real Dads Read
Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a national, non-profit organization working to build stronger families and communities through the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood. Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement. FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location.
From employment and incarceration issues, to child support and domestic violence, FI addresses long-standing problems to achieve long-term results for children, their families, the communities, and nation in which they live.
Books from Fathers Incorporated include:
Daddy, There’s A Noise Outside
Daddy Is Feeling Blue
Connect with them via their website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
New York Media Works, LLC/ KidLit TV
KidLit TV is a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Their mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
?Go on an adventure in the world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and learn more about the people who create them.”
StoryMakers: Our flagship series is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling authors and illustrators in the kid lit world. 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!
FIELD TRIP – Our crew hits the road to explore the world of kid lit.
INSIDE SCOOP – Sneak a peek at bestselling authors’ new books.
READ OUT LOUD – Read your favorite books with your favorite authors!
Plus exclusive Red Carpet coverage of special literary events.
KidLit TV is very proud of their Read Out Loud and StoryMakers episodes, where they feature diverse authors and illustrators (listed below). We also have wonderful giveaways for the MCCBD audience including two books from best selling author, Wes Moore.
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Capstone Young Readers
Helping children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level, is at the heart of what we do at Capstone. Our passion for creating inspired learning has made us the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for 25 years. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Whether print, online, or new, yet-to-be-discovered formats, Capstone provides children and young adults with the content they love.
Capstone Young Reader Books for Ages 5-10
Dear Molly, Dear Olive Series
Pedro, First Grade Hero
Museum Mysteries Series
Katie Woo Series
Sofia Martinez Series
Ellie Ultra Series
Juneteenth for Mazie
When Penny Met POTUS
Ashley Small, Ashlee Tall Series
Superfairies: Adventures in Peaseblossom Woods
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Child’s Play USA
Child’s Play is an independent publisher, specializing in whole child development, focused play, life skills and values. Child’s Play products bring out the best in children (and adults) of all levels of ability, enabling them to work and play together. Our program consists of books, games, toys and associated materials.
Child’s Play is more than just a publishing program, it is a philosophy. We understand that a child’s early years are more important than any other. This is when children learn most about the world around them, and the language skills they need to survive and grow. Books play a vital role in building the foundations for learning, and exposure to quality books from an early age helps to develop an inquiring mind and a lifelong love of reading. For forty years, Child’s Play has put enormous thought and care into creating exactly the right sort of material for this all-important time.
Child’s Play has a history of creating innovative, award-winning books for children from birth to eight years that promote learning through play. Vibrant illustrations positively portray children of all cultures, nationalities, gender and abilities, helping children to develop an understanding of our diverse society. Non-stereotypical traditions and values are promoted as a matter of course. Inclusion and diversity have always played a large role in our publishing program.
Respected and loved by parents, educators, and most importantly, children, the Child’s Play program offers learning, fun and happiness to children from the very earliest age. It provides a wide range of formats and experiences that will enrich and empower every child’s life.
Since the company was founded in the UK in 1972, our program of books, games, Storysacks® and audio-visual material has enjoyed widespread international recognition, with a Head Office in the UK, offices in Australia, and distributors in many other countries.
Connect with Child’s Play USA via their website, Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube
Author Gayle Swift
Gayle is a co-founder of GIFT Family Services which provides adoptive families with coaching before, during and after adoption. She’s the author of the award-winning book, ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book. Gayle has presented break-out sessions at both NACAC’s annual conference as well as the Adoption Summit Experience. She writes the blog, Writing to Connect which reviews children’s books and then adds an adoption-attuned insight.
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
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Multicultural children’s book publisher Wisdom Tales Press is joining us again (for the 4th year!) as one of our BronzeSponsors!
Wisdom Tales is the name of the children’s book imprint of the award-winning publishing house, World Wisdom, which was founded in 1980. Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world with young readers and their families. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books is intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians.
Wisdom Tales New Releases: Feathers for Peacock, President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House, The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men, TThe Green Musician, Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing and many more! Read full story here.
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Lee & Low Books:
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
Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand, illus. by Floyd Cooper
Maya’s Blanket by Monica Brown, illus. by David Diaz
Amazing Places anthology, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Christy Hale and Chris Soentpiet
The Story I’ll Tell by Nancy Tupper Ling, illus. by Jessica Lanan
Trail of the Dead by Joseph Bruchac
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Dreaming of true-blue friends, mysterious adventures, and faraway places? Pack-n-Go Girls take you there!
Winner of the 2014 Gold Medal, Best Children’s Chapter Book Series, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Learn more about the Pack-n-Go Girls® books and related products HERE.
Live Oak Media is the award-winning audio publisher of distinctive read-along recordings of classic and popular children’s literature for ages 3-12. Our recordings have received three Odyssey Awards, the American Library Association’s (ALA) award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, including the inaugural award in 2008; the Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production; three Grammy® Awards; and numerous Audie Awards, ALA Notable Children’s Recordings, and outstanding reviews. As a small, family-owned company, we are dedicated to providing our young listeners with meaningful reading and listening experiences.
Wonderful multicultural audiobooks from Live Oak Media include
H.O.R.S.E. A GAME OF BASKETBALL AND IMAGINATION
MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Charles R. Smith;illustrated by Shane Evans (available February 2016)
Connect with Live Oak Media via their website, Facebook and Twitter
Author Charlotte Riggle
Charlotte Riggle is a writer and 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.
Charlotte lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, in a house full of books and music and a large fluffy white dog.
Charlotte’s first book, Catherine’s Pascha, took 20 years from start to finish. (You can read the story here.) Her next book, The St. Nicholas Snow, will be out in October 2017.
Catherine’s Pascha was a finalist in the 2015 Best Book Awards.
On the Catherine’s Pascha website, Charlotte has a somewhat random blog where she shares recipes, stories about saints, occasional thoughts on raising kids with special needs, and weekly picture book reviews. Connect with her there, or on Facebook or Pinterest. Or sign up for her newsletter and get a dozen of her favorite cookie recipes!
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the United States, Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes fine art titles in design, art, architecture, and photography. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our mission at Chronicle Books is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that is instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value.
Chronicle Books is an independent publisher based in San Francisco. Inspired by the enduring magic of books, we create distinctive publishing that’s instantly recognizable.
Featured book for 2017:
Loving vs. Virginia
A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
By Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland
From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won. It will be available after January 31, 2017.
“Fine, dramatic storytelling in a memorable verse format.”-Booklist, starred review
“Excellent starter book for those interested in learning the basics of the civil rights movement.”-Publishers Weekly
“Presented through the alternating voices of Mildred and Richard Loving, the reader enters the lives of two people in a tight-knit community who fall in love and are forced to leave the world they have known. We grow up with them and understand their quiet strength. Patricia Hruby Powell sets the Loving’s story within the historical context of the Civil Rights Movement thereby allowing readers to gain a greater understanding of the fight for equal rights, at both the personal and societal level.” -Jennifer Kelley Reed, Teacher Librarian and blogger at Reederama
“Powerful and riveting.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Immediately relevant today. a rich opportunity for students and adults to discuss urgent and perennial questions.”-School Library Journal
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Pomelo Books was founded in 2012 by Sylvia Vardell, Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, and poet Janet Wong, author of 30 books for children.
Title: HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power BookAuthor: Sylvia Vardell and Janet WongDescription:HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book for children, tweens, and teens, features 12 PowerPack sets that combine: 1) diverse anchor poems; 2) new original response poems and mentor poems by Janet Wong; 3) PowerPlay prewriting activities; and 4) Power2You writing prompts.PowerPacks = a fun and inspiring approach for a wide variety of readers and writers!This is the second book in the Poetry Friday Power Book series. Book 1 in the series, You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book, was published in September 2016 and was selected as a 2017 NCTE Poetry Notable (https://www.ncte.org/
library/NCTEFiles/About/ Awards/2017_Notable_Books.pdf) .The twelve anchor poems for HERE WE GO were written by: Naomi Shihab Nye, Carole Boston Weatherford, Joseph Bruchac, David Bowles, Ibtisam Barakat, Eileen Spinelli, David L. Harrison, Kate Coombs, Robyn Hood Black, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Renée M. LaTulippe, and Margaret Simon. Their poems are joined together with twenty-four new poems by Janet Wong that form a story featuring a diverse group of kids who are concerned about social justice and work together to fight hunger with a walkathon and school garden. Sylvia Vardell’s inventive PowerPlay activities make it easy for writers to get inspired, while her Power2You writing prompts extend the learning. Vardell also created extensive back matter resources for readers and writers.
Target Age Group: ages 8 and up
Pub date: January 16, 2017
Non-fiction genre: Poetry
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