Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is an online children’s literacy event that occurs on the last Friday of every January. Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen created Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) several years ago as a way to celebrate diversity in children’s books while also getting diverse books into the hands of young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Each year authors and publishers from around the world donate books to MCBD for bloggers to read and review.  This year I received three children's books:

🍎 Evelyn Del Ray Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
🍎 A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro
🍎 From My Window by Otávio Júnior

Keep reading to learn more about these three titles and how you can use them in your classroom.

Reading minilessons for Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro, and From My Window by Otávio Júnior

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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina

Author Summary: Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today—not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it’s time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. The tenderness of Meg Medina’s beautifully written story about friendship and change is balanced by Sonia Sánchez’s colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls’ urban neighborhood.

🍎 Author: Meg Medina
🍎 Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez
🍎 Publisher: Candlewick
🍎 Date: September 8, 2020
🍎 Pages: 32

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina


Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away is a book that children can relate to.  They either know someone who has moved or have moved themselves.  Almost every child has experienced the sadness of saying goodbye to a friend and the anxiety of making new ones.  After reading and discussing Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away with the children in your class, give them some quiet time to reflect on the emotions they felt while reading or listening to the story and to write about them in their language arts journals.  You can ask for volunteers to read their entries, but do not pressure them to do so.  Sometimes students prefer to keep their emotions private.

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina

A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro

Author Summary: What if a unicorn ate your homework?  Would you tell your teacher the truth?  Would they believe you?  Lindy Loom loves to dream up stories.  Stories about bats on paper airplanes, porcupines with self-esteem issues, and maybe even unicorns eating math homework.  Her teacher, Ms. Pinch, thinks there’s no room for wild imaginations in school.  Will Ms. Pinch succeed in squashing all stories of snakes in pickle-eating contests or will Lindy be able to help her rediscover her own long-lost imagination?

🍎 Author: Julia Inserro
🍎 Illustrator: Miro Tartan
🍎 Publisher: self-published
🍎 Date: August 19, 2020
🍎 Pages: 34

A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro


A Unicorn Ate My Homework is a funny story about a little girl with a vivid imagination.  When mishaps occur in the classroom, she always has a fantastical story to explain what happened.  As you read A Unicorn Ate My Homework with the children in your class, have a discussion about reality vs. fantasy.  Which events in the story can happen in real life?  Which ones are pure fantasy?  How do we know which ones are fantasy?  Be prepared... you may have to answer some hard questions about telling the truth vs. fibbing and lying.  Is Lindy Loom truly lying or is she just having some harmless fun?  Plan how you will respond to these questions in case they come up!

A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro

From My Window by Otávio Júnior

Author Summary: What do you see from your window? This #OwnVoices picture book from Brazil offers a first-hand view of what children growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro see every day. A vibrant and diverse celebration of urban community living, brought to life by unique, colorful illustrations that juxtapose brick buildings with lush jungle plants.

🍎 TitleFrom My Window
🍎 Author: Otávio Júnior
🍎 Illustrator: Varina Starkoff
🍎 Publisher: Barefoot Books
🍎 Date: March 15, 2020
🍎 Pages: 40

From My Window by Otávio Júnior


From My Window takes place in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The narrator looks through the window of his house and describes everything he sees.  After reading From My Window with the children in your class, talk about what they can see from their windows at home.  Look through your classroom window.  What do your students see?  Pass out some blank paper and a variety of art supplies.  Let your students paint or draw the view.

From My Window by Otávio Júnior

About Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and MiaWenjen, two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission HERE.

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MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors 

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Pragamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (

Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, Capstone, Hoopoe Books, KidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Author Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, My Well Read Child

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Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

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