I am very excited to be a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/17) this year. It is a privilege to be part of this important effort to lift up diverse children’s books. Representation in literature matters. All of our children benefit from seeing themselves reflected in the pages of their books. I encourage you to follow Multicultural Children’s Book Day online or on twitter, visit the pages of the bloggers who will be linking today, read the rich booklists that will be offered, and enter for a chance to win one of many book giveaways.
I have been invited to review Dragons Are Real, written by Valarie Budayr, a lovely picture book that brings dragons out of fairy tales into the ordinary lives of children. The children depicted in the story reflect the ethnic diversity of our world. Colorfully illustrated by Michael Welply, this book is full of dragons who appear friendly, intelligent, and full of fun. They enjoy reading, dancing, and swimming. Children will find the warm pictures inviting and full of humorous detail, reminiscent of Mark Teague and Jane Yolen’s dinosaur series. An activity guide is available to help teachers and families explore the story in creative ways.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. “Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Budayr and Wenjen write about the importance of highlighting multicultural children’s books. “Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. This event has also proven to be an excellent way to compile a list of diverse children’s book titles and reviews for parents, grandparents, educators and librarians to use all year long.”
Current Sponsors: For the MCBD 2017 event, we have been very blessed to already have some amazing Sponsors in place. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. We are we are beyond thrilled to have all 3 sponsor’s support. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick , KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle and Chronicle Books.
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event.”
Follow MCBD on twitter for book giveaways all day long: https://twitter.com/MCChildsBookDay.