Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature
Monday, January 27th
Kid Lit Reviews is participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Monday, January 27th is The First Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day:Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature conceived and brought to us by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom. This years the event is sponsored by Chronicle Books, Lee and Low Books, and Wisdom Tales Press. Here s the why that propelled Valerie and Mia to develop this new annual celebrations:
“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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries”.
“Content does matter, and we know that the more children read—especially about themselves—the better the odds are to close the achievement gap,” Prewitt said, who speaks to groups about the 30 Million Word Gap. The study showed that low income children hear 30 million fewer words by age three than high income children. “It’s time for the publishing industry to catch up with reality and maybe Multicultural Children’s Book Day will be the catalyst.”
There imply is not enough diversity in children’s literature, with different cultures as the subject or kids from different cultures as the protagonist/main character. Erik,, at ThisKidReviewsBooks, has been reviewing diverse books all week, thanks to publishers like Barefoot Books, Wisdom Tales, and Chronicle Books, but this is extraordinary not the norm. Most of us know Erik and will not be surprised why this super kids encourages events like The Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
“I am a kid who loves to learn about different cultures and countries. I am trying to learn different languages too. I guess I try to find books like these so I never really thought about there not being that many out there. That’s why when I had a chance to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I signed up!”
Kid Lit Reviews is proud to be a part of The First Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. With publishers like Chronicle Books, Lee and Low Books, and Wisdom Tales Books (which KLR will begin reviewing soon), along with other publishers who often bring us diverse books, it is hoped that multicultural books will no longer need an event to showcase and bring attention to these types of books. This will be a wonderful event with many bloggers and reviewers participating. A list can be found at either of the co-sponsors. So, please come around on Monday and leave a comment showing your support of these books, publishers, and the kids who make up these diverse populations. If you would like to be involved, the co-hosts have come up with a list of suggestions:
- Have children bring in their favorite multicultural book to school on this day and share it with the class.
- Have a special Multicultural Children’s Book Day book read aloud time.
- Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
- Read Around the Continents and Countries. Great resources list a JumpIntoaBook.com and PragmaticMom.com
- Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day page at Jump Into a Book.
- Visit our Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
- Do a craft or activity presented on Jump Into a Book or Pragmatic Mom which relates to the many cultures in our world
- Read Around the Continents: South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Europe
If you have a blog or website, find a multicultural book, read it , and then review it on your blog or website. Check your local library for any of the sponsor publishers and you are sure to find a wide selection of diverse books to bring your readers in celebration of this fantastic new day in kids lit. I hope to read many comments from readers of KLR. Even if you choose not to leave your thoughts, please stop by and check out the review and some of the other reviews being brought to readers in honor of The First Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day:Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature . Click here for the list of the reviewers involved. Please check this out and visit as many as you like.
In honor of our upcoming national event Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature, Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Pres is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a full set of all Wisdom Tales books! Yes, that’s right: You could win a full set of all Wisdom Tales books that are currently […]