Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and I’m celebrating by sharing a review for an awesome, multicultural board book titled, READ TO ME. Before I dive into my review, here is a little bit more information about What Multicultural Children’s Book Day is and how it came to be.
Founded in 2012 by Valarie Budayr from Audrey Press Books and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom, Multicultural Children’s Book Day grew out of their own frustrations with the lack of diverse books for their own families. As a result, they decided to team up to create an event that would help raise awareness around children’s books that celebrate diversity but also get these books into classrooms and libraries around the world. This event is now known as Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) and is celebrated every year on the last Friday in January. Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is an online and offline celebration of thousands of supporters, educators, parents, caregivers, book reviewers, and quality authors and publishers who team up to spotlight diversity in children through YA literature. Over the course of its eight year run, the MCBD non-profit has donated over 8,000 books to kids and the initiative has expanded offline to classrooms programs, celebrations and global connections.
I’m excited to participate this year by reviewing READ TO ME written by Judi Moreillon, illustrated by Kyra Teis and published by Star Bright Books. The book is available in HAITIAN CREOLE/ENGLISH SPANISH/ENGLISH.
“Read to me and watch me grow. Tell me all the tales you know.”
Read to Me written by Judi Moreillon, illustrated by Kyra Teis, published by Star Bright Books, is a gentle rhyming board book that highlights the benefits, joys, fun, and excitement of reading together. Moreillon’s text is sweet and melodic, touching upon the idea of different types of stories ranging from picture books and nursery rhymes to family stories and song.
The refrain of “read to me” is included throughout, emphasizing the power of instilling a love for reading at a young age. A sense of love and connection is communicated through the soft and sweet illustrations along with a depiction of diversity and multiculturalism—a good reminder that reading can be an activity that is enjoyed by everyone. I appreciate how I can read the book to my daughter, who is biracial and she can see herself and our family in the pages of the book. I also love how the author donates a portion of the proceeds of the book to Pima County Libraries L.I.F.T. Project (Literacy Involves Families Together.)
For more MCBD fun, follow along on social media at #ReadYourWorld!!
BONUS! Check out this MCBD Diversity Book List & Activities for Teachers and Parents!