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5th Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Celebrations

The Children’s Book Council/CBC Diversity is once again excited to partner with Multicultural Children’s Book Day this year. Though this national celebration officially takes place on January 27th, diverse children’s book lists by numerous authors from the Multicultural Book Day blog will be featured on CBCDiversity.com throughout the entire month of January.

See below for more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day, various resources for your classroom, and book giveaways!

5th Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Celebrated on January 27th, 2018  

 FREE Classroom Empathy Kit, Multicultural Book Lists, Free Book Giveaways and Activities at www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

January 5, 2017 — Multicultural Children’s Book Day,  a national non-profit, created to raise awareness around diversity in children’s literature so that all kids can see themselves in books.  The mission of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day is to put diverse children’s books on shelves and into the hands of children and families across the country. The 5th annual celebration will take place on January 27th, 2018.

Leading up to the celebratory day, educators, librarians and parents can start planning and preparing with FREE activities available at www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com.


FREE CLASSROOM “EMPATHY” KIT:   The NEW free Classroom Empathy Kit is ready! The focus of 2018 is on empathy and compassion, and educators, parents and librarians can sign-up to receive the free classroom kit that includes:

  • List of books to assist on Understanding Immigration and Refugees (for ages 4 -12)
  • Classroom Immigration/Refugee Activity Guide
  • “Empathy” Poster from award-winning author Juana Medina
  • Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster

FREE DIVERSITY BOOK LISTS: Curated lists of books about diverse topics including: countries, religions, holidays, ethnicities, in addition to special needs and LGBTQ.

Enter your reading event on the new Online Classroom Event Coordinator to make sure your classroom gets materials they need (bookmarks, pencils, stickers). Those teachers who do have a celebration in the classroom, and send in a picture of their party, will receive 3 free diverse books and a swag pack as a Thank You. Enter your event info HERE (http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/category/offline-classroomlibrary-event-project/)


  • FREE BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAYS ON TWITTER@MCChildsBookDay— Join the Twitter Party from 9pm to 10pm EST on Jan. 27 were the founders of Multicultural Children’s Book Day will talk about the state of diversity in children’s books.  Free book bundles will be given away every 6 minutes. Use #ReadYourWorld.  
  • FREE MULTICULTURAL BOOKS FOR TEACHERS Educators and librarians can enter to receive a free diversity book for their school/classroom library (while supplies last). Books donated by honorary sponsor, Junior Library Guild. 
  • FOLLOW THE BOOK REVIEW “LINKY” @ www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.comwhere more than 400 bloggers/book reviewers will be posting and sharing their book reviews of diverse children’s books. There will be a book review Linky organized by social platform: Facebook, Blog, Instagram YouTube.  Follow the MCBD blog and all platforms to check out the book reviews throughout the day. 

To learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day (501c3), visit www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com. Follow them onFacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

About Multicultural Children’s Book Day:

This year marks the 5th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, (MCBD) and the program continues to grow with last year, generating more than 3.8 billion social media share impressions over three days (before, during, after).  It’s the brainchild of two women, bloggers and authors, Mia Wenjen (Pragmatic Mom) and Valerie Budayr (Jump into Books). This year, the organization has enlisted more than 400 bloggers/book reviewers from around the country. 

The founders also created an ebook, “Read Your World: A Parent and Educators Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books and Activities”(2017). The book features a comprehensive guide of diverse book titles for kids of all ages, compiled by an esteemed group of 20 bloggers and 2 authors. The eBook will be available for free during Multicultural Children’s Book week and will also be available as a fundraiser on Amazon for $4.99. 

About the Founders:

Mia Wenjen is a mom and founder of PragmaticMom, a blog about education, parenting and children’s book (particularly diverse reads). Wenjen is a Harvard grad with a love of children’s books (picture books through middle grade) 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. Mia is half Japanese and half Chinese American and married to a Korean American. She lives near Boston. 

Valarie Budayr is a mom, CEO of Audrey Press, and founder of Jump Into a Book blog, and  is a best-selling children’s author of The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our GardenA Year in The Secret Garden , The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Dragons Are Real. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and is proud to be a play and reading advocate. Valarie’s mission is to inspire young readers, educators, families and communities, to experience our world together while having fun.  Valarie is Muslim, originally from Sweden and speaks 5 languages including Arabic.  Valarie resides in Tennessee.

To request interviews or information/images, please contact Sara Sinek- Toborowsky at sara@orangejuicecom.com or 917-215-1779.

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