Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Today’s event, in its fourth year, is a time to discover and celebrate books by and about a diversity of people. The following website and other host sites have this linky collection of hundreds of book reviews. What a great resource!

You can participate in the discussions by searching for the hashtag #ReadYourWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


My Amazing Day and I (Karin) are participating in multiple ways this year.

I contributed review copies of My Amazing Day to Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewers, which, fittingly, have received some diverse reviews:

  • The Spain-based website bambolango shared a review in both Spanish and English. The review includes some nice activity ideas.
  • This Facebook review is from an Australian reviewer who sells charming keepsake cards for babies’ first words via her Facebook page, WordsOfBub. I love what she said about how adults and toddlers might view My Amazing Day.
  • Over at Books, Babies, and Bows, the blogger shares a review of My Amazing Day, which includes her 4-year-old daughter’s drawing in response to being asked what happened during her amazing day. All us reading fans will love her response.
  • And at @Victors_Books on Instagram. Not only is there a review, but this awesome montage of photos from Victor’s own amazing day.

I also volunteered to be a reviewer and was treated to a review copy of a beautifully written and illustrated book from longtime multicultural children’s book leader, Lee & Low Books. My review of Mama and Papa Have a Store can be found on my author/editor website here:


Here is more information from the Multicultural Children’s Book Day team:

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.

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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsors include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site:

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents:

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.


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