Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018
When I became the mom of a beautiful chocolate skinned girl my eyes were opened to the gaps in literature. Large groups of people were underrepresented in my reading life so I resolved to make some changes. My worldview has expanded and my appreciation of the diverse experiences of others continues to grow.
My daughter loves to read; each day we read at least two or three books—often more. At three years old, she picks up on everything! That’s why it is so important for our family to pursue diverse children’s literature as well. My daughter needs to see herself in the books she reads—strong, beautiful black girls pursuing knowledge, kindness, and friendship. In addition, she needs to see those that are different from her, boys and girls of different ethnicities, talents, and religions.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day helps our family do just that. It is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. MCBD’s 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.
Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain
[Disclaimer: I was given this book by Gokul! World in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
In Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain, six friends gather at a dilapidated old fountain at the center of their village. Using each of their unique gifts, the friends decide to fix up the fountain for the upcoming New Year’s party. Together, they make a plan, delegate jobs based on each person’s talents, and execute it in time for the village’s New Year festival.
The Real Magic of Friendship
The real magic of the fountain, however, has only just begun. Once neglected, dirty, and useless, the fountain now has the power to transform the friends and transport them to places around the world. They travel to New Year’s celebrations in New York City, China, and India and observe the diverse significances of each.
After returning to Gokul Village, they put their new knowledge to use. The six friends create their own unique festival borrowing treasures from each celebration they had visited. Readers are left anticipating their next adventure, wondering, “Where in the world would they go this time?”
Celebrating Friendship and Collaboration
When I opened Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain, the first thing I noticed were the lovely, bright illustrations. The colors are bold and create just the right amount of inspiration for an interesting adventure. After the fountain is fixed up and its magic released, the illustrations grow even more colorful as the kids embark on their journey.
The friends in the story showcase six unique individuals with different skin colors, cultures, talents, and interests. I love the way each person contributes to their problem solving while remaining true to who they are.
Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain is a testament to the power of friendship and collaboration across traditional cultural boundaries. Children, parents, and teachers, will be inspired to celebrate diversity in all of its forms while identifying special talents and gifts in every person.
Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain is a great resource for schools and families around the world. I am excited for Gokul! World and can’t wait to see what new books, videos, and games will be released in the future!
Images from Gokul Village and the Magic Fountain used with permission from and courtesy of Gokul! World.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (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
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! 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
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
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 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.