Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature

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. On January 27th, 2015 Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be presenting Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) as a way to draw attention and raise awareness about diversity in children’s literature. In it’s second year, Multicultural Children’s Book day has more than doubled with over 150 bloggers reviewing books from publishers and authors.

Together the MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. This year as well Multicultural Children’s Book Day is collaborating with the Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors. Currently 25 multicultural/diverse author, illustrators are being highlighted on the Multicultural Children’ Book Day website over the course of January. Along with the blog tour there will be a Twitter Party hosting big book package giveaways from our sponsors and authors as well as other book donations given by several publishers. The Twitter Party is 9pm to 10pm EST using hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Read more here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/multicultural-childrens-book-day-event—celebrating-diversity-in-childrens-literature-300022589.html