January 24, 2021

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:

๐ŸŽ Evelyn Del Ray Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
๐ŸŽ A Unicorn Ate My Homework by Julia Inserro
๐ŸŽ From My Window by Otรกvio Jรบnior

Keep reading to learn more about these three titles, how you can use them in your classroom, and where you can purchase them!

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline


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 Sรกnchez’s colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls’ urban neighborhood.

๐ŸŽ Title: Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away
๐ŸŽ Author: Meg Medina
๐ŸŽ Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez
๐ŸŽ Publisher: Candlewick
๐ŸŽ Date: September 8, 2020
๐ŸŽ Pages: 32

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

Minilesson

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.

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away can be purchased from the following retailers:
(affiliate links)



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?

๐ŸŽ Title: A Unicorn Ate My Homework
๐ŸŽ Author: Julia Inserro
๐ŸŽ Illustrator: Miro Tartan
๐ŸŽ Publisher: self-published
๐ŸŽ Date: August 19, 2020
๐ŸŽ Pages: 34

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

Minilesson

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!

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

A Unicorn Ate My Homework can be purchased from the following retailer:
(affiliate link)



From My Window by Otรกvio Jรบnior

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.

๐ŸŽ Title: From My Window
๐ŸŽ Author: Otรกvio Jรบnior
๐ŸŽ Illustrator: Varina Starkoff
๐ŸŽ Publisher: Barefoot Books
๐ŸŽ Date: March 15, 2020
๐ŸŽ Pages: 40

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

Minilesson

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.

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

From My Window can be purchased from the following retailers:
(affiliate links)



About Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen, 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.

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

About Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors! 

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


Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, CapstoneHoopoe BooksKidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: 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 

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell , Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & IntrepidsAuthor Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club,  Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author Mia Wenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherTales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD's Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

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It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas. We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!


It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2021! Learn about these new books: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, A Unicorn Ate My Homework, & From My Window #readyourworld #kellysclassroomonline

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