I’m so excited to be participating in the second Multicultural Children’s Book Day hosted by co-founders Mia Wenjen (@Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr (@JumpIntoaBook1).
The mission of MCCBD is:
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. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.
And, it is my pleasure to introduce a great new book series by Quentin Holmes, the author of Real Street Kidz, a multicultural children book series for preteens.
I was very pleased to get a pre-teen book series because Big A had lately been seeing a lot of episodes of tween drama on Netflix; namely, Lab Rats and Kickin’ it. It seemed like he was more than ready to start a new genre of books and I was glad to have a series that had a lot of positive role models.
The author, Quentin Holmes (known as Q to his friends) seems to have derived inspiration from his own childhood experiences interacting people from different social and cultural backgrounds. In his story, his main character named Quincy (known as Q to his friends!) is a 12-year old African American who moves to a new neighborhood where he befriends Chase, a blonde-haired Caucasian-American, Los’, a Mexican-American, and Lucky, a Chinese-American.
I had a strong feeling that Big A would easily identify with these characters since he too has been exposed since infanthood to kids from different ethnic backgrounds. Unlike some people from minority communities who may shelter their children from wider exposure, we as a family, have always made it a point to embrace the opportunity to learn more about the variety of cultural and social experiences that we have around us.
Big A is loving the stories. We have completed the first book, Chasing Action, and are half-way through the second. I have a feeling that I will be asked to buy the third book due to release in April, 2015, and his fourth, due for release at the end of the year!
Please do visit Real Street Kidz for more information about the books and how to purchase them via Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.
MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
MCCBD is also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.
MCCBD is also collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.
And, finally, We have NINE amazing Co-Hosts: Africa to America, All Done Monkey, The Educators’ Spin on It, Growing Book by Book, InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs, and Sprout’s Bookshelf