Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th 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 book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight 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.
It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and I’m so excited to share my review of the book I was gifted a copy of: Twinkle, Twinkle, Diaper You! ¡Brilla, brilla, pañalito! by Ellen Mayer and Ying-Hwa Hu, published by Star Bright Books. Ellen Mayer and Ying-Hwa Hu have worked together on other Star Bright Books including A Fish to Feed and Red Socks.
This beautiful board book features Mommy and Baby as they interact and communicate during Baby’s diaper change. The story serves as a reminder to parents and other caregivers that every interaction with a child can be meaningful.
I love that this bilingual book includes both English and Spanish text, and the family featured in the illustrations is both diverse and multigenerational. Mommy is lovingly focused on Baby and Baby obviously adores Mommy. My favorite spread is the final page that features the entire family reading a book. A note for caregivers is included and emphasizes the importance of talking with and singing to your baby. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that the debossed metallic silver stars on the cover and throughout the book were my daughter's instant favorite thing--they add a fun, tactile bit of bling to the book. :) This lovely book belongs in homes, libraries, daycare centers, and doctors’ offices everywhere!
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