I’m extra excited to announce our newest Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Kit on Activism and Activists! You can get it here.
There’s something more … I illustrated the poster this year! Now, I didn’t set out to illustrate anything! I had been working on my drawing skills, taking figure and portrait classes recently.
I had actually lined up an incredible author and illustrator that I was very excited about. It turned out, though, that COVID-19 had wreaked havoc for those who work at home, especially those with young children. And I get it! I totally get it! He wasn’t able to add this to his plate given the new normal.
Unfortunately, his notice gave me only six weeks to find a replacement. I asked two other author/illustrators — fingers crossed — that one of them could squeeze this in. To be on the safe side, Valarie and Becky at Multicultural Children’s Book Day, suggested that I give it a go. They helped me craft my design and encouraged me every step of the way.
To follow in the footsteps of our other illustrators, is daunting, to say the least!
Our first Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster in 2016 by Robert Liu-Trujillo:
Our first Classroom Kit on Kindness illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka
Demi illustrated our 2017 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster and generously allowed us to use her image for our anthology fundraising book, Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators.
Our 2018 Classroom Empathy Kit Poster on Immigration and the Refugee Experience is by Juana Medina!
Aram Kim illustrated our 2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster.
Our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Kit poster on poverty is by Mehrdokht Amini.
Julie Flett illustrated our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster for 2019.
S. K. Lakina illustrated our 2020 Classroom Kit on Physical and Developmental Challenges. She also helped us with the wording. We didn’t know it when we chose her but she battles physical challenges from Charcot Marie Tooth.
Our 2020 Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster is from Newbery Award winner (first graphic novel ever to win!) Jerry Craft!
I think you can see why I did not feel worthy LOL!
And now … my humble offering. Get it here!
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