January: Multicultural Children's Literature

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.
— Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) in "You've Got Mail"

Always the book worm, I was poignantly aware as a child that the majority of books I devoured did not reflect my cultural experience. English Language Learners arrive at our classroom bookshelves with rich ethnic and cultural diversity that should be reflected in the pages they peruse. Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom want to help you out! These bibliophiles founded Multicultural Children’s Book Day in order to highlight the world of diverse children's literature. 

The national celebrations occur on January 27th, however, the Classroom Reading Challenge  spans the entire month of January! Here are the details:

Photo: www.Multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Photo: www.Multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Step 1: TEACHERS sign up your classroom here.

Step 2: Read 2-4 diversity books to your class (picture books work for any age!) during the month of January 2016.

Step 3: Let us know which books you read and which ones the class liked.

We will send you a diverse title FOR FREE!!

Want to win more diversity books?

Get your students involved in our reading competition! Have your students submit the books they read during the month of January.

We will hold raffles of book packages for everyone who submits. PLUS we will award book packages to the top 10 classrooms. 

Visit the Multicultural Children's Book Day site to sign up today!