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Our CoHosts for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017!

Our CoHosts for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017!

Please welcome our  Multicultural Children’s Book Day CoHosts! They are a group of powerhouse bloggers and parents who all share the same passion for reading and understand the importance of diversity in children’s literature. They also act as ambassadors for MCBD’s yearly event by assisting in spreading the word, extending the event’s reach through social media and acting as hosts sites for the wildly popular book review/blog post link-up that occurs on the actual day of the holiday (1/27/17).

We are proud to introduce our sixteen CoHosts for our 2017 event below. These writers, moms, reviewers, book lovers and thought leaders were selected by the MCBD team because of their true dedication to supporting diversity in children’s literature and we would appreciate if you could take a few minutes and visit each of these excellent blogs and say “hello.”

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Diverse Children's Books

Diverse Children’s Book Linky: LGBTQ #DiverseKidLit & More

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

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Multicultural Children's Book Day

How to Get Involved with Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Now more than ever…

Now more than ever, children need to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read.

Readers of all ages need to be able to “read their world” to both see themselves, and those are who different, whether by culture, religion, sexual orientation, special needs or ethnicity.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is proud to offer an initiative and holiday that encourages discovery, hope, acceptance and exploration through the pages of diverse children’s literature.

As our fourth Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday approaches on January 27, 2017, we are thrilled to have you as part of our amazing community of supporters!

With enthusiasm, optimism and hope, we are preparing for MCBD 2017 and hope you will, again, join our celebration of diversity through children’s books. Read more…

Multicultural Children's Book Day

FREE Diversity Book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Welcome to our upcoming Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th, 2017! We are so excited for our fourth year that we are changing things up so that we can provide more diversity children’s books to parents, caregivers, guardians, librarians, and teachers.

Multicultural Children's Book Day

In years past, we asked for BLOGGERS to sign up to receive a free book in return for a review on their blog which they linked up on January 27th. This year, we are thrilled to expand our invitation for a FREE diversity book to parents, caregivers, guardians, librarians, teachers, and, of course, bloggers! Instead of limiting the book review and optional book extension activity to blog posts, we are expanding it to social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook and YouTube! Read more…

Diverse Children's Books

Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

Here are a few of mine:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole

This is the TRUE story of zoo penguins; two males who raise a chick. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

At my kids’ school, we our LGBTQ families are overly represented by two mom families and there’s no two dad families because I think it’s more difficult and expensive for two dads to adopt a baby. And that’s why Stella Brings the Family is an important book for kids to see two dad family diversity. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Here’s a resource for more LGBTQ books: LBGT Book Lists for Kids of All Ages.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?


Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

DiverseKidLit

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Multicultural Children's Book Day poster 2017

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 POSTER Reveal …

Last year for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, author and illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo donated his talent to create our very first downloadable poster. You can view it here: Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Downloadable Poster.

Demi

This year we have a new Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster for our January 27th, 2017 event and it’s by world renown author/illustrator, Demi! We are also using her wonderful artwork for the cover of our Multicultural Children’s Book Day eBook so you will see it again!

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Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children's Book!

Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children’s Book!

Are you interested in receiving a FREE multicultural children’s book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017?

Big News: You DON’T have to be a blogger this year!! That’s right! Get a FREE diversity children’s book and post your book review and optional book extension activity on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Bloggers, welcome too, of course! We’re just expanding our outreach so that we can give away more FREE diversity books to parents! Read more…

Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

It’s October now and time to start thinking of Halloween and costumes for my kids who still want to trick or treat. But it’s also time for Day of the Dead. It sounds like a somber holiday, but it’s more of a celebration of departed loved ones.

Because the days are the same, it’s easy to associate Day of the Dead, Dias de los Meurtos, with Halloween but it actually reminds me more of Obon in Japan.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and internationally where family and friends remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey in a festive and celebratory way starting October 31 and ending November 2.

Halloween came from the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day in observance of Allhallowtide which starts October 31 and ends November 2. It’s a time to “remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.” I’m not actually sure if All Hallows’ Day is a festive or somber occasion.

In the United States, Halloween it’s a day to Trick or Treat for candy the night of October 31 dressed up in costumes. In our neighborhood, we have a tradition called Ghosting. Read more…

Diverse Children's Books

Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator. Who is your must-read author or must-see illustrator? (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

My choice is this multicultural board book that celebrates a strong powerful Hindu girl!

Padmini Is Powerful by Amy Maranville, illustrated by Tim Palin

Padmini is wise like Ganesh, creative like Sarasvati, and energetic like Parvati. Her other wonderful traits can be attributed to other Hindi gods, both male and female. She is powerful and so are you! Celebrating Padmini and the Hindu religion she practices validates all girls who can relate to her, but also expands the world for those who are not Hindu.  [board book, ages 2 and up]

What Is #DiverseKidLit?


Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

DiverseKidLit

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