​​ Off & Awayis hands down one of my favorite picture book this summer, with unique illustrations that show subtle details readers will love looking at again and again. In this imaginative tale showing the bond between a father and daughter, Jo’s dad is the one who travels across seas and makes sure every message in a bottle gets to the right home, and Jo wants to be a great adventurer just like him, but her fear of the water gets in the way. Jo’s imagination “goes overboard” when she thinks about what monsters lurk beneath the water’s surface, with illustrations that perfectly capture the capture the fears of “every child” in glorious fashion. Until the day Jo’s dad comes down with a bad sea cold, and Jo knows no one else with deliver the bottles unless she does. I continue to find new details every time I read this book. The illustrations are bold yet whimsical, and they perfectly portray this whale of a story that should find its way onto every reader’s bookshelf.

September 27, 1933-January 5 2017 

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Off & Away, written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Disney-Hyperion, June 2018, $16.99
Ages 3-5, 48 pages, 9781484782323

Genre: picture book fiction, humor, love, friendship, fear, father/daughter, sea stories,  inspiration, encouragement, tackling fears, crossover appeal to older audiences #ReadYourWorld

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​Written by Deirdre Cummings and beautifully illustrated by Erika Busse, Heart ​is a book that is much-needed in the world today. As a seasoned therapist, Deirdre Cummings uses her extensive knowledge to create inspirational picture books that inspire readers of all ages. A thoughtful, poetic tribute to the power of love and prayer to overcome fear and hate. A powerful reminder for all--we only have "one today," to smile, trust, love, and pray. Instead of hardening our hearts out of fear of being hurt, this book reminds readers of the importance of "guarding your heart, for it the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services (October 13, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1483448381

January 25, 2019, and Multicultural Children’s Book Day is in its 6th year! #ReadYourWorld

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom have teamed up to create an ambitious — and much needed — national event. On January 27th five years ago, Jump into a Book and PragmaticMom created the first ever Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books. 

Its mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. 

I am honored to share with you two titles by Deirdre Cummings, the first ever Super Platinum Sponsor for Multicultural Children's Book Day.

Deirdre's passion for writing matches her desire to share books that are written for everyone!

My Trip to the Beach, by Deirdre Cummings, illustrated by Erika Busse

As a seasoned therapist, Deirdre Cummings uses her extensive knowledge to create beautifully illustrated picture books that inspire readers of all ages. My Trip to the Beach shows how everyone has good and bad days, children as well as adults. In rhythmic verse, a bad day is turned around, reminding that "the sun is calling me to dance, to be happy, to be free," as the young girl depicted in this story is feeling down, she finds a space all her own--at the beach. The sun, the waves, sand, and sea spray can take each bad thought and wash them away again and again, like the waves on the sand.  Subtle reminders shared throughout inspire readers to remain in love and faith, and the continued promise of another day. A perfect gift for teachers and anyone who needs to be reminded that it's okay when we have bad days, which can be overcome by the power of love, imagination, and a perfect beach day. 

Publisher: Lulu Publishing Sevices (February 8, 2016) ISBN-13: 978-1483446653

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings is the first ever Super Platinum Sponsor for MCBD2019, and she is the author of nine diverse children’s books including, Heart, My Trip to the Beach,  If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I?, My Dad’s Job, Love Is…,Think of It Like This!, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess, and I Want To Be a Bennett Belle.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here;  *View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.
Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,
SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,
BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste PaulRedfin, Author Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom BooksLin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,
Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren Leggett, Author Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn WilhelmAlva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara WilliamsVeronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. RichardsErin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita Badhwar, Author Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena PublishingTraci Sorell, Shereen RahmingBlythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini Paula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

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.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi Books, All Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial BookwormsBooks My Kids ReadCrafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it,  Growing Book by BookHere Wee ReadJoy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00 pm,  E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.