Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr, from Jump Into a Book, and Mia Wenjen, from PragmaticMom, have teamed up to create an ambitious — and much needed — national event: Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The first event was launched on January 27, 2014 as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.
The mission of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is two-fold: (1) To raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, and (2) to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the U.S. population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity-related content. Mia and Valarie are on a mission to redress the balance. Their focus 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.