Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017 Update

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Update!

MCBD Sponsorship has officially closed so we are ready to share the final line-up along with a few “FAQ’s”

  1. MCBD is a non-profit that is in its fourth year
  2. Our official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
  3. MCBD was created by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom
  4. The Big Giant Linky: The much anticipated review linky will not be live until the morning of 1/27/17 and will be located here on the MCBD site and also on all CoHosts’ sites. This link-up is a compilation of 400+ books multicultural book reviews and activities that will create a robust online resource for parents, grandparents, educators, caregivers and librarians. A separate Linky will be available for those reviewing on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
  5. MCBD offers many FREE resources for those looking for information on diverse books for young readers including our Classroom Kindness Kit and our Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents.
  6. Our 17 CoHosts are made up of powerhouse moms, bloggers, writers and reading advocates. Our CoHosts are:

A Crafty Arab, All Done Monkey, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Educators Spin on it, Franticmommy, Growing Book by Book, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Randomly Reading, Spanish Playground, The Jenny Evolution,The Logonauts and Youth Literature Reviews

Multicultural Children’s Book Day‘s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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 is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli.

Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated,

Gold Sponsors Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUSA,

Silver Sponsors Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Bronze Sponsors Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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

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Be sure and grab your Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators! It includes:

  • Be A Hero Be Kind Printable Poster by Jarrett Krocoszka
  • Diversity Picture Book and Chapter book list around Kindness
  • Kindness Activities to do in the classroom

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents

We have hundreds of the very best diversity book lists organized so that it’s easy for you to find what you need:

Our Diverse World Book Lists for Kids (this is a general book list)

It’s also broken out by country/geographic area:

Diversity in Children’s Books Presented as Every Day (this is a book list)

Books on World Religions for Kids (this is a book list)

It’s also broken out by holiday and/or religion.

Seeing Yourself in Children’s Books

Diversity Books By Genre

General Diversity Book Lists (this is a book list)

#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017 with CBC

#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017 with The Children’s Book Council

Visit the MCBD Blog and discover 192 Diverse Books presented through 24 authors and illustrators with their favorite Diversity Children’s Books, Young Adult Books and Graphic Novels. Most authors are doing a book giveaway during the CBC’s Book Jam January!


Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party

Join us at 9pm EST on Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27th!

Twitter Party

January 27th

9pm to 10pm EST


We’ll be discussing the state of children’s book publishing and giving away diversity book bundles every six minutes!!! Use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to follow along.


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Thank you for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Hooray!! Looking forward to participating next year, since my next book doesn’t come out until July!

    Good luck & congrats, Mia!!

  2. I am really looking forward to this!
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