Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Diversity in Children's Literature

Diversity in children’s literature has been a controversial topic in the last years, but thanks to movements like We Need Diverse Books and Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the message has been clarified and promoted all over the nation.
Authors, illustrators, educators and bloggers have been an important element to make sure children have access to books that celebrate diversity. Feature characters from diverse cultures, countries and race are an important building block of the learning process in classroom and at home. It is fundamental to teach students from early age that different does not mean to be wrong.

I’m pleased to be part not only as an author, but also as a reviewer of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th, 2016. This event helped me promote my books and increase followers in my social media.
Fellow authors reviewed my book Vanilla and Chocolate. Visit the Massive Review Linky and read it on review #20, 26, #37 and #224.

I reviewed and designed book activities for the following authors. Feel free to share it.

1.   Shaggai Sukkah written by Heidi Smith Hyde & illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
2.  Amelia Gets Busy! written by Agatha Rodi & Illustrated by Joanna Scott 
3.  ABC Adoption and Me by Gayle Swift and Casey Ann Swift & illustrated by Paul Griffin

4. Everything is Different by Written by Ann Morris & Illustrated by Melissa Wright

The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. MCCBD encourages readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits and event.  

The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and the official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.

The co-creators of MCCBD are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. Find a bio for Mia and Valarie here. View the Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents here. Connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Facebook

MCCBD Sponsors
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors #ReadYourWorld include the following:
Platinum – 
Wisdom Tales PressStoryQuest Books, Lil Libros
Gold – Author Tori Nighthawk, Candlewick Press
Silver – Lee and Low Books, Chronicle Books , Capstone Young Readers
Bronze – Pomelo Books, Author Jacqueline Woodson, Papa Lemon Books, Goosebottom Books,Author Gleeson Rebello, ShoutMouse Press, Author Mahvash Shahegh, China

MCCBD Co-Hosts
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts and you can view them here. 

Classroom Reading Challenge
MCCBD holds a 
Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering offers teachers and classrooms the chance to very easily earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are also pre-screened and approved by them as well.

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books

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1 comment:

  1. Celebrate Diversity! Enjoy Multicultural Children's Book Day 1/27/16 #ReadYourWorld


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