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#ReadYourWorld with these Ten Diverse Children's Books


This year I was a first time book reviewer for Multicultural Children's Book Day (MCBD). The mission of MCBD is to raise awareness of the need to include children’s books that celebrate diversity on bookshelves at home and at school.

I was excited to be chosen to review The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson. I've always loved Jackie Robinson's story of perseverance and was interested to read more about the man behind the baseball. The Hero Two Doors Down celebrates diversity by telling the story of a real life friendship the Robinson family shared with a neighborhood family. You can read my full review here.

MCBD included tons of diverse book reviews and lots of social media conversations. I was introduced to many diverse books that I hadn't heard of before and I even found new Twitter and Instagram friends who share my love of diverse children's books.

One of my favorite parts of MCBD was the Twitter Party! The Twitter party focused on...you guessed it...the importance of having diverse books in homes, classrooms, and libraries. The party was fast paced and full of great information too. There were tons of book giveaways throughout the Twitter party too. Which brings me to why I especially loved the Twitter party... I won the Scholastic grand prize book giveaway! For a girl who never wins anything, I was in shock when my Twitter handle was announced.

Here are the books I won. I've read them all with either family members or my students and I absolutely love them all. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy them too. Click on the pictures to learn more about each book.

Thanks to Scholastic for supporting Multicultural Children's Book Day.

Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe. The mission of Scholastic is to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.

More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day

MCBD is in its fourth year (2017) and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.

The mission of MCBD is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

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