Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – 25th January 2019


I took part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day last year for the first time and was super excited to be involved again this year.

It is an annual event designed to raise awareness of diverse books and get more people reading and sharing the wide range of experiences represented. This is something I feel really strongly about and I make an effort to read and review as many diverse books as possible on my blog!

Last year I read and reviewed:

London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas

Johnny Skip 2 by Quentin Holmes

Sporty Lou by Quentin Holmes

This year I will be reading and reviewing:

The Monkey King’s Daughter by T.A. Bonis

monkey kings daughter

Why not check out some of my other reviews of diverse books?

A Different Pond (Vietnamese immigrants to America)

Love, Hate and Other Filters (Muslim family in America after terror attack)

Do you Speak Chocolate? (Refugee family making a new life in the UK)

I Wore my Blackest Hair (Chinese-American childhood in poetry)

Turtle Island (Non-fiction look at history and mythology of Native Americans)

How to Catch a Witch (Positive representation of a girl with a stutter)

A Fish in Foreign Waters (bilingualism and biculturalism as a positive)

Violet (Little girl who wonders why her skin is a different colour to her classmates)

The Girl King ( Fantasy set in an Asian-inspired world, with a girl aspiring to become Emperor)

The Gilded Wolves (A heist story with a found family drawn from lots of different countries and cultures)

Mirage (Moroccan-inspired fantasy sci-fi )

Power to the Princess (Feminist and diverse retellings of familiar fairy tales)

Running From the Sky (Story of a young boy coming to the U.K. after fleeing from Syria)

The Way You Make Me Feel (Following a Korean-American teenager through a summer of growing up)

Ten Cents a Pound (A Vietnamese mother dreams of a better future for her daughter)

Starfish (A Japanese-American teen deals with abuse and failure)

In My World (The world, as seen from the perspective of a child with autism)

Lots more here: Book Reviews

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here:
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here:

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book Council, The Junior Library Guild,

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV, Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift, T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Lori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual @McChildsBookDay Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party ( a prize every 5 minutes!). GO HERE for more details.


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

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

7 Comments Add yours

  1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow! says:

    Wow, I never heard of this. Sounds like a great event 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I only heard of it for the first time last year, but I’m so glad that it exists and excited to be a part of it for the second time!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. I am participating as a reviewer this year for the first time. I’m looking forward to it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s great to hear! I think it’s such a brilliant event!

      Liked by 1 person

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