The last Friday in January is Multicultural Children's Book Day. Yes, that's today.
In 2020 I did an actual post on what I thought of as a multicultural book for Multicultural Children's Book Day, and last year I did diversity reading throughout January. I am way off my game this year. We did have three people in the extended family have brushes with Covid through Christmas and into mid-January, which was distracting, though all turned out well. And if I had done better planning in December for this month--or any planning at all-- instead of doing what I did do (there's still a blog post coming on that) I would have managed a better multi-cultural observance with no problem. I just made a note in the December, 2022 section of my bullet journal to plan for January, 2023.
In the meantime, however, I do have a link to 8 New Children's Books That Celebrate Food Diversity by Justine Lee at Food 52. This is one of those things that I stumbled upon. Children's books and eating--I was meant to find this.
I'm going to dip into the archive now and republish a post from 2018 on Multicultural Children's Book Day that includes links to posts on a number of multicultural children's books.
One of them is by Andrea Wang, who also has a book listed in 8 New Children's Books That Celebrate Food Diversity. And, you know, her book Watercress was just
named a Newbery honor book and won the Caldecott Medal for Jason Chin's illustrations.
And, finally, today you can follow Multicultural Children's Book Day on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadYourWorld. They'll be having a Twitter party tonight from 9 to 10 PM ET.
January 27, 2018 Multicultural Children's Book DayToday is/was Multicultural Children's Book Day, which totally escaped me until yesterday. It didn't escape Mia Wenjen (Pragmatic Mom blog), who is one of the co-founders of the event. You can see and hear her talk about Multicultural Children's Book Day on the Miss Panda Chinese YouTube Channel.
While I don't have anything new relating to multicultural children's books, I can refer you to some I've enjoyed in the past.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Kahn with illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini.
The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang with illustrations by Alina Chau.
Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Mare's War by Tanita Davis
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Life is Fine by Allison Whittenberg
Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Christian Robinson
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Back by Barry Deutsch