It’s that time of the year when diverse and multicultural books are highlighted during the Multicultural Children’s Book Day annual celebration.  This year it will be held on Thursday, January 26th, 2023.

I’m co-hosting and also reviewing four amazing books! These books were gifted to me for the purpose of an honest review.

It’s rare to find children’s books that feature a Black Santa, so I was thrilled to receive In the Nick of Time Too for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  Due to the “media bombardment of consumerism” of today, children often lose sight of what they have and forget to appreciate what they do have. Let me tell you it is amazing!  The holiday season is a wonderful time to remember the joy and the spirit of giving, and Deedee does a fantastic job of bringing these qualities out.

Kayla:  A Modern-Day Princess A Little Magic is part of a series by author Deedee Cummings.  It’s inspiring to see a story that encourages growing children to be proud of who they are, to take ownership of their dreams, and to handle potential situations in a mature way. This book is a valuable resource for parents and educators alike, as it provides a great foundation to start conversations and build self-esteem. It’s also a great reminder to all of us that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference. Thank you for this wonderful contribution to children’s literature!


The Tree of Hope really tugs at my heart!  I have family in Puerto Rico and can attest to everything they went through after it was struck by Hurricane Maria. This is the story of an old Banyan tree that “wore a crown of emerald-green leaves” until a hurricane hit the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. This story is beautifully written. Anna is a true storyteller weaving metaphor and imagery into a tale as vibrant as the community it is about. To say I LOVE this story’s message of hope and community would be an understatement. It beautifully gives us a glimpse into life after a hurricane and the resistance of the Puerto Rican people that continue to rebuild their island with love, perseverance, and optimism beyond the imagination. This is a must-have book. It is perfect for tree lovers and those who appreciate nature. The book is perfect for those with an appreciation for Puerto Rico, its culture, and its people. This is the book you need to read if you want to feel inspired and be shown what a true community looks like.

Fonchito and the Moon written by the esteemed Mario Vargas Llosa is a captivating story perfect for elementary school-aged readers. It provides a charmingly nostalgic tale of love and resilience, set against the backdrop of a wonderfully crafted narrative and beautifully illustrated pages. This story will capture the hearts of readers of all ages, reminding us of the power of love and the courage of pursuing it.

Disclosure:  These books were gifted to me for the purpose of an honest review.  This post may also contain affiliate links if you make a purchase using them I will receive a small monetary compensation. 


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023 (1/26/22) is in its 10th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

Ten years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2023 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (

? Super Platinum Sponsor: Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

? Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages 

? Gold Sponsors: Interlink Books, Publisher Spotlight 

? Silver Sponsors: Cardinal Rule Press,  Lee & Low,  Barefoot Books, Kimberly Gordon Biddle

? Bronze Sponsors: Vivian Kirkfield, Patrice McLaurin , Quarto Group, Carole P. Roman, Star Bright Books,, Redfin Canada, Bay Equity Home Loans,, Title Forward, Brunella Costagliola Bronze Sponsor

Poster Artist:  Lisa Wee


Classroom Kit Poster: Led Bradshaw

MCBD 2023 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Authors: Sivan Hong, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, Josh Funk , Stephanie M. Wildman, Gwen Jackson, Diana Huang, Afsaneh Moradian, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Eugenia Chu, Jacqueline Jules, Alejandra Domenzain, Gaia Cornwall, Ruth Spiro, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Tonya Duncan Ellis, Kiyanda and Benjamin Young/Twin Powers Books, Kimberly Lee , Tameka Fryer Brown, Talia Aikens-Nuñez, Marcia Argueta Mickelson, Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Jennie Liu, Heather Murphy Capps, Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, John Coy, Irene Latham and Charles Waters, Maritza M Mejia, Lois Petren, J.C. Kato and J.C.², CultureGroove, Lindsey Rowe Parker, Red Comet Press, Shifa Saltagi Safadi, Nancy Tupper Ling, Deborah Acio, Asha Hagood, Priya Kumari, Chris Singleton, Padma Venkatraman, Teresa Robeson, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Martha Seif Simpson, Rochelle Melander, Alva Sachs, Moni Ritchie Hadley, Gea Meijering, Frances Díaz Evans, Michael Genhart, Angela H. Dale, Courtney Kelly, Queenbe Monyei, Jamia Wilson, Charnaie Gordon, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Debbie Zapata, Jacquetta Nammar Feldman, Natasha Yim, Tracy T. Agnelli, Kitty Feld, Anna Maria DiDio, Ko Kim, Shachi Kaushik 

MCBD 2023 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2023 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD’s Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

? FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

? Register for the MCBD Read Your World Virtual Party

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 9 pm EST for the 10th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Read Your World Virtual Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away a 10-Book Bundle during the virtual party plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, and connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. We look forward to seeing you all on January 26, 2023, at our virtual party!

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  1. What a great collection of diverse books! Thank you for all your hard work to make Multicultural Children’s Book Day a huge success!

  2. Thank you for being such an integral part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day from the very beginning and for sharing these wonderful reviews!

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