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Native American Heritage Month Books for Kids

Books for Kids to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Chief Seattle’s Thoughts

Chief Seattle's Thoughts

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, I rounded up some newly published books that speak to the speech made by Chief Seattle: Read more…

Meet Our Co-Hosts for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016!

Meet Our Co-Hosts for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!

As with any event, success is measured by the strength and effectiveness of the team. At MCCBD Headquarters we are happy to report that we do indeed have a very strong team!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is thankful for its CoHosts. Our CoHosts are a group of select powerhouse bloggers who share the same diversity in children’s literature passions and beliefs. They also assist in extending the reach and spreading the word of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. These 11 blogs will also be host to the wildly-popular book review/blog post link-up the week of 1/27/16. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes and visit each of these excellent blogs. These women were selected by the MCCBD team because of their true dedication to supporting diversity in children’s literature.
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Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together. From The Red Thread by Grace Lin

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. To celebrate, I offer a multicultural adoption picture book, chapter book and young adult list for kids and teens. There is a subtle thread that tie some of these books together. It’s the bridge from Asia to America through adoption.

When kids are placed into loving families that do not reflect their face in the mirror, there comes a time, as part of growing up, where these kids can have an identity crisis and a hunger to know more about their past. There’s another thread as well about the power of love to bind a family together. I hope these books will comfort by showing that they are not alone.

What books am I missing? Thanks for your great suggestions!

Multicultural Adoption Picture Books

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamal Akib

rakhi bracelet

Rahki is a north Indian holiday celebrated on the day of the full moon of the Hindu month Shravan, usually in August. Sisters tie colorful shiny bracelets called rakhi around the wrists of their brothers, signifying their special bond. In this picture book, Arun waits impatiently while his parents try to adopt a baby girl from India, his father’s homeland. It takes a long time, but finally Asha arrives, and she has a special bracelet for Arun! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Teachers: Earn FREE Diversity Book for Classroom Library

Teachers: Earn FREE Diversity Book for Classroom Library

Thank you to Junior Library Guild, the collection development and book review service relied upon by thousands of schools and public libraries, for donating the books for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge!

Junior Library Guild

The Junior Library Guild editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. They have a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of their selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews.

Junior Library Guild

Here are some of the books that we are giving away as part of our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge SIGN UP

How does it work?

  1. Teachers: Sign up for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge HERE.
  2. Read four diversity books to your class during the month of January.
  3. Earn a FREE Book like ones below for your classroom library. We will match book to your grade’s reading level.

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Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Update!

We have many things to be grateful for here at Multicultural Children’s Book Day headquarters because there are a ton of exciting things in the works right now!

  • Join us as an Author Sponsor for MCCBD 2016 which includes 2 guest posts on MCCBD blog, banner ad on the Author Sponsor Page, social media shares, and reviews by bloggers.
  • Our Book Review Blogger Sign-Up for MCCBD 2016 just started as well! We’ll give you a FREE book so you can post on your blog on January 27th!

For anyone interested in Sponsorship opportunities, our Early Bird Sponsorship Sale ends OCTOBER 31, 2015.

  • We are thrilled to have two powerhouse multicultural children’s book publishers is joining us as Platinum Sponsors for 2016!

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5 Great Books for LGBT Month & Kid Lit Blog Hop

5 Great Books for LGBT History Month & Kid Lit Blog Hop

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11.

My post today is a celebration of LGBT History Month! I have noticed that my kids are very accepting of LGBT and I love that. If anyone makes an off-color comment about LGBT they are quick to pounce and say, “there’s nothing wrong with that!” And then they glare accusingly at the person. There’s even a LGBT club at their middle school.

But I remember when my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, was so confused in kindergarten when she found out that her classmate had two moms. She was befuddled in middle school too, when she found out that her new friend had four moms.

I think that exposure to LGBT goes a long way towards acceptance and I humbly offer these great books as a way to expose kids to all different kinds of families. How about you? What are your favorite LGBT books for kids? Are your kids surprised or accepting when it comes to LGBT? Thanks for sharing!

Todd Paris of Lucky Punch Boxing in Boston

Todd Paris of Lucky Punch Boxing wears rainbow wraps in celebration of LGBT History Month!  Read more…

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Author Sponsorships!

Can you believe that it’s less than 120 days until Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!?!

multicultural children's book day

As time continues to speed forward, the MCCBD planning team continues to create amazing opportunities to get multicultural children’s books into the hands of teachers, librarians, parents and young readers. We are also continuing our quest of shining the spotlight on the many diverse book authors out there as well.

Our 2015 event was wildly successful and thanks to 9 co-hosts and 2 Co-founders, many sponsor and a ton of review bloggers, the event generated 26 million social media shares over a span of 7 days during the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. In 2016, we expect far more of a reach, response and success … and here’s why: Read more…

Top 10 Hispanic American Heritage Books For Kids

Top 10 Hispanic American Heritage Books For Kids

I was confused on the nomenclature of Hispanic American versus Latino American so I looked it up:

Hispanic: a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin.  English or Spanish can be their “native” language.

Latino: a U.S.-born Hispanic who is not fluent in Spanish and is engaged in social empowerment through Identity Politics. “Latino” is principally used west of the Mississippi, where it has displaced “Chicano” and “Mexican American.” English is probably their “native” language. “Empowerment” refers to increasing the political, social, and spiritual strength of an individual or a community, and it is associated with the development of confidence of that individual or community in their own abilities.

A simple way of remembering the difference is this: though every Latino is a Hispanic, not every Hispanic is a Latino. Hispanic is the more inclusive term.

from Hispanic Economics

And now I’m ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with some of my favorite books for kids! How about you? What books am I missing? Thanks for sharing!

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.

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