Guest post: Over 30 Booklists for Multicultural Children's Book Day

Michael Barrett  //  Jan 27, 2017

Guest post: Over 30 Booklists for Multicultural Children's Book Day

Mia Wenjen, author of the popular Pragmatic Mom website, wants to help kids and families discover diverse and cultural kid-lit TODAY with Multicultural Children's Book Day.

She and Valarie Budayar are co-founders of this special day, and Scholastic is thrilled to be an official sponsor. Check out Mia's special guest post on the numerous ways you can celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day.

First and foremost - grab a great book! In addition to Mia's thorough book list suggestions, here are some top book picks from Scholastic:


Four and half years ago, Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book and I started Multicultural Children's Book Day, an online holiday celebrated on January 27th to showcase diversity in children's books. Our motivation was three fold:


  • Literacy: We believe that if children can see themselves in books, particularly at that crucial period of time when they are learning to read independently, they will be more motivated to read.
  • Empathy: On the opposite note, children are the most open to new ideas. Kids need to learn about others who are not like them and books provide that window into different experiences and minority points of view.
  • Discovery: The biggest hurdle for teachers and parents, we found, is finding those great multicultural and diverse books. Our holiday is about bridging that knowledge gap. In addition to free resources to find that perfect diversity children's book, we also give FREE diversity children's books to teachers and parents.


Here are some ways you can celebrate this special day...


1.) Diversity Children's Book List Resource

This year we created a resource of book lists from 20 children's book bloggers and 2 children's book authors to help parents, caretakers, educators, librarians, KidLit lovers find the exact perfect diversity book they need. 


Learn more about their giveaway here and how it benefits Classroom Book Program.


2.) FREE Classroom Kindness Kit

According to Scholastic Reading Club editorial directors, the biggest trends for kids' lit in  2017 is that Lessons on Kindness will be key! We developed a Classroom Kindness Kit for teachers to help them incorporate diversity books on kindness and kindness activities. Our kit also has Be a Hero Be Kind poster by Jarrett Krosoczka.

..And check out  2017 Multicultural Children's Book Day Poster by DEMI can be downloaded free here


3.) Book Lists & Activities for Parents and Teachers

We also have an extensive resource of the very best diversity book lists and activities to help you find the book you are looking for.

Our Diverse World Book Lists for Kids 

It’s also broken out by country/geographic area:

Diversity in Children’s Books Presented as Every Day 

Books on World Religions for Kids 

It’s also broken out by holiday and/or religion.

Seeing Yourself in Children’s Books

Diversity Books By Genre

and... our General Diversity Book Lists 



#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017. Multicultural Children's Book Day partnered with The Children's Book Council to present 24 diversity authors and illustrators who each present eight book reviews and host a book review of their book.



We also have a vibrant Multicultural Books for Kids board on Pinterest that is updated daily.

We hope you will join us January 27th for Multicultural Children's Book Day. We look forward to sharing the wonderful diversity children's book discoveries that we have made! Here's to celebrating diversity, literacy, and inclusion all year!



Mia Wenjen blogs on parenting, education and lots and lots of children's books at PragmaticMom. She co-founded Multicultural Children's Book Day, a nonprofit promoting diversity in children's books,  and Aquent, a staffing company specialized in placing 

temporary employees in marketing and creative industries. When she's not at her computer, she can be found boxing, walking her dog, or driving her kids. She lives in outside of Boston with her husband, three kids, and Golden Retriever. She is working on her first book, How to Coach Girls, co-authored with Alison Foley, Boston College's Women's Soccer Head Coach.


**Disclosure: Scholastic is an official sponsor of Multicultural Children's Book Day.**

Courtesy of Mia Wenjen/Pragmatic Mom