Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

The Barefoot Book of Children

The Barefoot Book of Children

written by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma and Illustrated by David Dean; published by Barefoot Books

I received this beautiful book from Macy Koch, from Barefoot Books

The Barefoot Book of Children shows how kids all over the world eat, play, get ready for the day, celebrate holidays and speak.

My girls (3,7 & 9) were so excited to open up this book and start reading! There is so much to look at – they find something new each time they read it. Our favorite thing about the book, other than the gorgeous illustrations, was the Closer Look pages. It really helped them see all of the different languages and countries where other children live. We gave this book 10 out of 10 stars!

For a fun activity, I had the kids draw what their lives look like. Hannah drew a smiley face, Lauren drew a girl with long dark hair, a piece of pizza and monkey bars (her favorite things). Avery drew a cat, cheese pizza and some books. (Before I could take a photo of their masterpieces, Avery brought them to school to show her teacher, along with the book, and the drawings didn’t come back home.)


The Secret Seahorse - Book #6 - Mermaid Tales book series by children's author Debbie Dadey

Mermaid Tales Book 6: The Secret of the Seahorse

written by Debbie Dadey, published by Simon & Schuster

“Book Summary: Echo is terrible at spelling, but she loves one of the words in this week’s test-sea horse. When Rocky brags that he has a sea horse no one believes him. But when Rocky lets her ride his pet Echo is beyond happy. Her sister, Crystal, tells Echo it isn’t right to put a leash on a sea horse. Now, Echo doesn’t know what to think. Is it wrong to keep sea horses as pets?”

My 7 year old had so much fun reading this book! She kept asking questions about sea horses, so I went to the author’s site, where she links to a youtube video about them. She learned about having pets, which animals could be pets and being a good pet owner. We are putting the whole Mermaid Tales series on Avery’s wish list for upcoming holidays and her birthday. (And I am ordering the first two this weekend!) We are looking forward to reading the whole series together!

Beth Hardinger Blog

The Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on 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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey PressCandlewick PressFathers IncorporatedKidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte RiggleChronicle Books and Pomelo Books

 Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah StevensonMonica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNationAndrea Y. Wang

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



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