January 28th should be a national holiday!  Why?   Because it is the 9th edition of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!   The kid lit world is celebrating diverse books.

This year the celebration is even more special! I’ve joined the Multicultural Children’s Book Day team as their new Project Manager! Woot! Woot! I’ve been reviewing books for them for years, and then moved on to add co-hosting as well.

For this year’s celebration, I’m still co-hosting and reviewing this gorgeous book from Barefoot Books Dinner on Domingos by Alexandra Katona and illustrated by Claudia Navarro. A beautiful and delightful book that brings the culture, food and familia to the forefront.  Full review below.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th 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.

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

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

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Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Barefoot Books (November 16, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1646862937
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1646862931
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 – 8 years

As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, this book brings culture, food and familia to the forefront.  This beautiful story is based on the author’s own voice, family, and having dinner on domingos at her abuelita’s.   This story is the story of many Latino families and big families.  It is about the importance of cultivating memories together through food and having meals together.  As you read with your children,  they’ll be able to see themselves in the house, the kitchen, and with the familia.    I love how there are Spanish words sprinkled throughout the book and a pronunciation guide at the end.  Did I mention there’s a recipe too?  Young and old will love this book.  It is a must-have in your home or school library.   Highly recommend it!

Disclosure:  This book was gifted for purposes of a review.  All opinions are my own.

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