Multicultural Children’s Book Day is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! We are thrilled to welcome Cardinal Press Rule as our Silver Sponsor! Cardinal Press Rule is a publishing company focused on representing diversity in a way that sends a message that makes a difference.
Their books are realistic portrayals of children such as Three Pockets Full by Cindy Rodriguez, about Beto who is supposed to wear a guayabera shirt but has mixed feelings about his mother’s wedding and what the shirt means culturally. This Could Be You by Cindy Williams Schrauben inspires kids to believe in themselves and reach for the stars. What the Bread Says by Vanessa Garcia is a celebration of the significance of bread for Vanessa and her Papan both as a way to share family history and learn about other cultures.
During the virtual party, we will be discussing the state of children’s books and welcome audience participation! Here are the questions:
Question 1: How has the past year been for you and your kids? What issues did you face and what books helped?
Question 2: What diversity topics in children’s books do you wish there were more books on?
Question 3: Our Classroom Kit this year is about "Mental Health Support for Stressful Times". What books do you recommend on this topic?
Question 4: What are your favorite diverse children’s and YA books this past year? Let’s give them a shout-out!
Question 5: Publishers like language Lizard, Hoopoe Books, and TimTimTom books all offer books in as many as 50 languages. What languages do you feel still are not represented well in children’s literature?
Question 6: What topic do you think we should do for our next Classroom Kit?
Please R.S.V.P. for Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s Virtual Party.
Mia Wenjen blogs at PragmaticMom.com. She is the co-creator and President of Multicultural Children's Book Day. Her debut picture book, Sumo Joe (Lee and Low, 2019) was selected as a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World releases spring of 2023 through Barefoot Books and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Changing the Game: Asian Pacific American Female Athletes will be available through Scholastic in June of 2023. Postcards from Malcolm X (Red Comet Press) and Boxer Baby (Eifrig Publishing) releases in 2024. Follow her @pragmaticmom on social media.