Multicultural Children’s Book Day: La Madre Goose #readyourworld

It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Today’s great book is:


  • TITLE: “La Madre Goose”
  • PUBLISHER: Putnam/Penguin
  • RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2016
  • AUTHOR: Susan Middleton Elya
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • AGE LEVEL: 3-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-399-25157-3
Instagram: @juanamartinezn
 Isn’t the cover illustration adorbs? I LOVE THIS BOOK!
The reason I love this book is because the book is written in Spanish AND English! That’s right, it’s a bilingual book, yay!!! I love love love the opportunity to learn another language; kids are so quick to absorb languages through immersion and this book is perfect for young and (ahem) not so young learners.
The book opens with “Maria Had a Little Oveja”, which is “Mary had a little lamb” but if you didn’t know Spanish you could totally look at the illustrations and word in English for context clues. There’s a giant sheep in the illustration as well as the familiar rhymes in English.
The cuteness factor ratchets up with “Three Little Gatitos” (kittens) who lost their mitoncitos, ya know?  Then there are adaptations of rhymes you might be familiar with: like “Little Miss Amarilla” who sat in her silla eating her beans and arroz (beans and rice) who in the end screamed in a very loud voz.  Naturally there’s young Juan Ramon who sat en el rincon eating his green guacamole. Like one does, right?
Little Spanish speakers will love seeing their people and experiences mirrored for them in the playful illustrations and rhymes that everyone will enjoy. There’s even a glossary with pronunciations!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.  

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press


2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

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Discover Your World Summer Reading Extravaganza

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I’m guest posting over at Jump Into A Book today!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review

It’s with great honor that I celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day January 27th!

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You know that I’m about bringing books to kids that feature a character who looks like them.  Isn’t it great that there are others who believe this too?  That’s why I’m thrilled to be partner with and for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!  The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature and we’d like the name and the tagline used together whenever possible. The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

Mission: 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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission 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. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

Isn’t that great?  I’ve partnered with Sleeping Bear Press to share two absolutely FABULOUS books with you.  Check out my video review:

Don’t those books sound adorbs?

What a great day January 27th will be, because there will be a linky at and so that you can follow all of the fabulous book reviews!   It wouldn’t be possible without the following fabulous sponsors:

Susan Daniel Fayad: Facebook and Twitter

There’s also a Pinterest board so  you won’t miss a single thing.  While you’re there, click the pics and visit the other blogs to see the great books they’re reviewing.

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Check back here for more updates to this great event!


Multicultural Children’s Book Day is Coming!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is Coming!

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Check out the generous people who’ve sponsored Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Susan Fayad: Author of  My Grandfather’s Masbaha.