Monday, January 29, 2018


 Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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. 

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs 
MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00 pm.
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Thanks to Capstone Publishing and Lee & Low Publishing for providing the books I am reviewing.


Tells the gripping story of four female African-American mathematicians who literally made it possible to launch US rockets--and astronauts--into space. Tells the thrilling tale of how each woman contributed, the struggles and resistance each experienced, and the amazing results. Consultants currently work for NASA.


The 1960s were a time of great change in the United States.  Not only was the Cold War with the Soviet Union alive and well, but the Civil Rights Movement was well under way.  As what became known as the space race heated up between the US and the Soviet Union, the need for mathematicians grew, especially at NACA (soon to be NASA), the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.  This opened doors for African American women to step up and use their talents and skills and be paid a decent salary for doing so.  Women such as Dorothy Vaughan, one of the first human computers to work for NACA.  She started there when the African American women were segregated in both work space and cafeteria space.  Others followed in her footsteps, helping to open the doors for desegregation and increased opportunities for women.  Woman such as Katherine Johnson who helped send John Glenn into orbit, or Mary Jackson, the first African American female engineer to work for NASA or Annie Easley who helped with the Centaur rocket that helped send the Apollo astronauts to the moon.  Thanks to the skills, courage, and determination of these women, doors slowly started to open.  This middle grade book introduces readers to these women and the contributions they made to the space race as well as to the Civil Rights Movement.


In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle.

But it turns out he isn't the one joining. Anjali's mother is. And with this change comes many more adjustments designed to improve their country and use "ahimsa"—non-violent resistance—to stand up to the British government. First the family must trade in their fine foreign-made clothes for homespun cotton, so Anjali has to give up her prettiest belongings. Then her mother decides to reach out to the Dalit community, the "untouchables" of society. Anjali is forced to get over her past prejudices as her family becomes increasingly involved in the movement.

When Anjali's mother is jailed, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother's work, ensuring that her little part of the independence movement is completed.

Inspired by her great-grandmother's experience working with Gandhi, New Visions Award winner Supriya Kelkar shines a light on the Indian freedom movement in this poignant debut.


The Civil Rights Movement that took place during the 1960s was intended to open doors for African Americans and other people of color who were often denied their citizenship rights because of prejudice and racism.  One of the main tenets of that movement was the use of non-violent protest strategies.  What many young people don't realize is that those principles were used to great effect once before during the 1940s by the Indian people seeking freedom from British rule.  This middle grade novel puts the reader right in the middle of the 'ahimsa' movement as Anjali's family, her mother especially, gets involved in the movement, effecting the fortunes of the whole family.  At first Anjali is angry and afraid.  Angry at the loss of her beautiful clothes.  Afraid of losing her mother to jail or even death.  But as she slowly starts to understand just what her mother is risking so much for, she starts to realize that there are things more important than looking good at school or abiding by old traditions simply because things have always been done that way.  This is not only a story of a specific time and place but a coming of age story of a girl who realizes that she can make a difference in her small corner of the world.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that the Hidden Figures women are finally get their due both through the movie and now through books. It's long overdue. Ahimsa is on my tbr list and your review makes me want to read it asap! Thanks so much for your support of Multicultural Children's Book Day for all these years and for sharing your great reviews at the MCBD linky!


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