Friday, January 27, 2017


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 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 Scholastic, Barefoot Books, and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books.

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin,  Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson,  Hena Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O'Malley, Stacy McAnulty,  Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe, SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost 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 CoHosts HERE.


MCBD site:
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents:
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with is on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators:

THANKS TO LEE & LOW for providing the multicultural book for me to review today!


In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquin and Dulcena" attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.


Guadalupe Garcia McCall has written a compelling, powerful novel.  I have to admit I knew very little about the events that this book is built around, so the book was seriously eye-opening.  From the very opening prologue to the very last page, I eagerly followed along as Joaquin and Dulcena struggled to find a place for themselves in a world that seemed to be falling apart around them.  The conflict between the revolutionaries, the local tejanos, and the Texas Rangers came closer and closer to them until it engulfed them in it's tragedy and injustice.  I guess I shouldn't be so shocked about the way the tejanos were treated, prejudice has been around a long time.  And just because someone wears a badge doesn't mean they actually uphold the law, that is especially the case in this story.  In fact, Captain Munro is a major part of the problem as he is more concerned with power and control than any sort of law and order.  This is the sort of historical fiction that I think young people will read because it resounds with passion and courage.  Sadly, many of the issues that the characters face in the book still exist in our world, and still need people to stand up for the right in the face of evil of all kinds.  Highly recommended for those who enjoy a captivating, and thought-provoking look at another time and another place where issues like our own had to be addressed.


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