As many of you know, Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is a global non-profit initiative that celebrates diverse authors and works year-round to raise awareness on the importance of diversity in children’s literature.
With our ears to the ground and eyes peeled (that is such an ODD phrase!!), we are also always on the prowl for new multicultural books that we know our supporters, educators, parents, caregivers, book reviewers, and librarians would appreciate knowing about.
Sometimes, when someone is a first-time author, getting attention on your new children’s book is a lot like shouting into a hurricane. Delightfully, the options for amazing diverse kidlit and YA books is endless…but that makes it all the more daunting for authors with new releases or first-time offerings.
Shining the spotlight on authors of multicultural/diverse board books, picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and YA reads is one of our many missions. With that in mind, enjoy the latest “scores” in our ongoing quest to find the best books for our young readers.
Diverse #OWNVOICES Kidlit Books That Should be on Your Bookshelf
How Angels are Made by Bryson Thompson Sr.
Based on a true story of the relationship between the author’s mother and son, How Angels are Made was a true creation in the midst of a tragedy. Author Bryson Thompson Sr. wrote the initial version of the book only two days after returning home from her funeral. During the initial days of the passing of his mother, Bryson and his wife spent significant time speaking with their son, BJ, about what happened to his mother. In the midst of those conversations, it became very apparent that they needed to be very clear and transparent with young BJ and answer as many questions as he had. One thing the Thompson family took away from their situation was how confused youth are during times of grief. From there, Bryson focused his energy on using their tragedy as a tool for youth and families to be able to work through their own healing processes.
Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield
This beautiful book was created to raise awareness for Save the Children US and is an uplifting story of hope to comfort children and families in these challenging times. Thanks to MCBD Supporter, Candlewick, Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield as a free e-book can be downloaded for FREE here until September 30: stayhome.candlewick.com and can be downloaded for FREE here until September 30: stayhome.candlewick.com
Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
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