Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

By Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri

In an effort to promote, educate and bring light the many multicultural and diverse picture books that have been written, Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) was created.  Founded by play and reading advocates, Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom, they teamed up to create an ambitious and necessary national event to celebrate these books. The mission of MCCBD is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

MCCBD will be celebrated on January 27th, 2016, where teachers, parents, librarians, picture book bloggers and children’s authors will participate. This year, the Classroom Reading Challenge will be incorporated and they are asking for teachers, librarians and parents to read up to four multicultural picture books during the month of January.  I encourage schools, teachers and librarians to participate. It is a fun way to get kids to learn about the diversity in our world, near and far, as well as an opportunity to read rich and quality picture books that are too often not celebrated nor recognized. 
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Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri is a 1st grade teacher & award winning author of bilingual picture books RUBBER SHOES, a lesson in gratitude & PINK FIRE TRUCKS.


Rebecca "Franticmommy" Flansburg said...

Thank you SO MUCH for spreading the word! It's such a wonderful opportunity to get diversity children's books into classrooms. :)

PragmaticMom said...

Thanks so much for helping us get the word out! We really appreciate your support!!!

Jump into A Book said...

Gladys thanks so much for your help with this and for spreading the word. We're very excited about the challenge and our partnership with the Junior Library Guild. They have such beautiful books and the thought of them inside classrooms makes me so happy. Thanks again for everything. Valarie