I am so honored to be a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) this year. The goal is to come together to raise awareness for children’s books that celebrate diversity. I’m excited to share the sweetest book set I received as part of MCBD, as well as the drum craft we did with it.
Don’t forget to see the end of this post for more information about MCBD as well as links to free resources!
I was provided Little Artists Books by Niki Daly (Kane Miller EDC Publishing) in exchange for a review as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. All thoughts an opinions are my own.
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review
Little Artists by Niki Daly, come in a set of 4 board books. They are smaller-sized books (4 inch square), which is perfect for small toddler hands. The store inside a slip-box, which is very entertaining for my two year old. He enjoys taking the books out, looking at them, putting them back in one-by-one, and then repeating it all over again.
The is not much text on the pages as these books are meant for young children (ages 18 months-3 years), and the illustrations are bright and colorful. The artwork by Niki Daly is my favorite part of these books – the characters look so happy doing what they love!
The 4 books are named for their characters:
- Ruby is a little fashion designer who loves clothes. We see her trying on clothes with different prints and patterns, making her own hat, and walking a dog she made from a box. We can see her quirkiness and sense of imagination.
- Mondi is a little musician. He uses is fingers to make music, but we also see him use a xylophone, cymbals, rattles, a drum, a guitar, and a trumpet. At the end Mondi has a whole band of his animals together playing the instruments. This book has great examples of onomatopoeia with all of the different sounds the instruments make.
- Nina is a little dancer. She likes to dance and move around like animals, jumping and spinning. At the end she jumps into her dad’s arms for a hug. So sweet!
- Carlos is a little artist and enjoys painting. He paints shapes, dots, and different kinds of lines to make his masterpieces. This is a great book for toddlers to learn about shapes and colors.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day – Activity
Mondi seems to be the favorite Little Artists Book for my boys. I think it’s because my boys both love music and can relate to him. So we decided to make Mondi’s Drum!
All you need is a recycled can with lid (coffee can, formula can, oatmeal can, etc), colored construction paper, recycled brown bag, yarn (or rubberband), scissors, and glue.
- Cut a strip of construction paper long enough to fit around the can (you may need to cut a couple pieces if the can is larger). We used red.
- Glue it around the outside of the can to cover it.
- Cut out several colored diamond shapes. We used blue, yellow, green, and orange to match Mondi’s drum.
- Glue the diamonds onto the outside of the can.
- Cut a circle out of a brown paper bag, just a bit larger than the diameter of the can.
- Press the brown circle onto the top and tie it down with yarn (or use a rubberband).
Now we have our very own drum like Mondi’s!
More Information About Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s 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.
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 holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
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 work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
- Multicultural Children’s Book Day Website
- Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
- Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
- Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents