Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019

Kristi's Book Nook is celebrating Multicutural Children's Book Day for the 6th year and this year I'm a Co-Host. I'm offering 2 very cool book giveaways but you have to scroll all the way through the post to see the books and my reviews.

Join in on the celebration!

Welcome to our 6th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Here’s how to celebrate:
  1. Link up your diversity book reviews below.
  2. Join us tonight at our 6th annual Twitter Party! Follow @McChildsBookDay to join in on the diverse book discussions, discover new titles and authors and for a chance to win one of our twelve book bundles. Party time is 9 pm to 10 pm EST. RSVP here. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld.
  3. Get your copy of our diverse kidlit book recommend-packed ebook, Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators. It’s FREE today through January 31st!
  4. We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the Sponsors, Authors, Publishers, Organizations, Book Reviewers, Book Donators, Parents, Caregivers, Educators and Librarians who devote their time and energy to helping us to achieve our mission of getting multicultural children's and YA books into the hands of readers. We appreciate you!

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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 CouncilThe Junior Library

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

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

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen 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

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual 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. 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.

For a chance to win  this fun fable for kids please be sure to share and leave a comment with your name and email.

Title: Mela and the Elephant
Author:  Dow Phumiruk
Illustrations:  Ziyue Chen
Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN:  9781585369980


Mela was a young girl who lived by the Ping River in Thailand. She left to do some exploring for the day. Her brother wanted to tag along but had nothing to offer her if she were to take him with her. As a result, he had to stay home. On her adventure, Mela captured a large fish in her uncle’s boat, then was caught in rushing waters and then stuck in roots of a tree. Mela was lost in the deep jungle.

Mela asked for help when she was approached by a crocodile, leopard and three monkeys. She offered up her fish, sweater and backpack. They all run off without helping her. Stuck in the jungle at nightfall, Mela was alone and cold. When she was approached by an elephant with nothing to offer for assistance what do you think happened to Mela?

Author Dow Phumiruk is a pediatrician born in Thailand. This new fable is beautifully illustrated and shares a story of kindness. Parents, teachers and caregivers can discuss kindness, friendship and how to be compassionate. Beginner readers will find the simple sentence structure easy to navigate. Young listeners could also draw and color these characters for a fun addition to their story time.

Dow Phumiruk is a Thailand native and pediatrician, but art has always been her true love, so she chose to be a stay-at-home mom and artist. She is an author and illustrator, and currently teaches med school students part-time.

Title: Nina the Neighborhood Ninja
Author: Sonia Panigrahy
Illustrations: Hazel Quintanilla
Publisher: Tiny Sparks Press
ISBN: 9780997595604


Nina puts on her cape and searches for ways to help in her neighborhood. She is smart, strong and speedy. As a super hero she has a sidekick firefly named Fiona. Together they spend the day rescuing a baby bird and building a shelter for a kitten before a rain storm sets in. After a busy day Nina is tired and wet but still managed to save a family of turtles stuck in the sand. Nothing gets in the way of Nina and her sidekick. Nina’s new friends wanted to show their appreciation what do you think they did?

Author Sonia Panigrahy shares a fun story of girl power. Young readers will enjoy the colorful illustrations and ease of reading. Parents and teachers can discuss with young listeners how they can be a neighborhood ninja and help others in their community.


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