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
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
Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019
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)
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
Honoring Paul Goble
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 Council, The Junior Library Guild, TheConsciousKid.org.
Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV, Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,
SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,
BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift, T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,
MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board
Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,
Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Lori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen 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 Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish 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 RESOURCES From MCBD
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.