This year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, which celebrates diversity in children’s books, takes place on Friday, January 25.
By Lin Thomas
With the goal of celebrating diversity in children’s literature and getting more diverse books to American schools and classrooms, Multicultural Children’s Book Day was established five years ago as an initiative non-profit.
The percentage of miscellaneous books in schools and classrooms is estimated at only 10%, but is changing dramatically, thanks to Valarie Budayr’s efforts to Jump in a book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom , the co-founders of this company. Celebrated annually in January, this non-profit initiative has taken giant strides as a global event.
In 2018, he was second on Twitter and recorded 3.2 billion impressions on social media. This year’s event will take place on January 25. Becky Flansburg of FranticMommy.com is the project manager for this year’s event.
Several American Indian authors are part of this global event. Boston-based Bharat Babies is a Gold Sponsor of MCBD 2019. Bharat Babies, founded by Sailaja Joshi, aims to fill the void with hardback and picture books that tell stories of Indian heritage for young children.
Kitaab World, a South Asian publishing house and online bookstore of children’s books, is a Bronze Sponsor of MCBD 2019. Indian American writers participating in this event are Chitra Soundar, Milind Makwana, Anita Badhwar , Padma Venkatraman and Shoumi Sen.
To date, the MCBD has put more than 5,000 free miscellaneous books for children and adolescents into the hands of readers, parents, educators and librarians. Search #ReadYourWorld on January 25, 2019 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest to be a part of this global event and support diversity in children’s literature in classrooms in America.
(Lin Thomas (linthomas.com) is an American Indian author of the children’s fiction book, Every sparrow was made to fly. She is also proud to be a 2019 Bronze Medallion Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019.)
(Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Bharat Babies is based in San Francisco. He is based in Boston.)