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Aloha for Carol Ann was the book that was sent to me for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015: Read Your World. This post has a book review for the book written by Margo Sorenson, and illustrated by Priscilla Garcia Burris. There is a free printable for the book, also. I received two free books for this post which were donated to Minneapolis, Minnesota schools.

Aloha for Carol Ann Free PrintableThe book Aloha for Carol Ann is a lovely story. It was written by Margo Sorenson and illustrated by Pricilla Burris. It nicely tells the experience of a child who moves to Hawaii and begins to adjust to a new culture. She didn’t want to move at all.  She has to remove her shoes to enter the school, which is a new experience for her.  She meets, “Twenty-six pairs of eyes . . . almond-shaped black eyes and brown eyes. There were round black eyes and big blue eyes.”  In other words, a diverse student population.  It was so refreshing for my eyes to see the eyes correctly drawn.  I have an adopted daughter from Korea, and so many book illustrations do not accurately portray her eyes. This is one of the books in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day which reflects the many underserved cultures in most children’s stories. Of course, this is a children’s story, and by the end of the first day Carol Ann is playing with her new friends and enjoying school despite the unwanted move. This story would be such a nice addition to children’s libraries, and great for classroom discussions about accepting diversity.  I so enjoyed all the illustrations showing Hawaii as I’m here in Minnesota in the middle of winter, so I made a free printable for teachers to use with this book.

Aloha-for-Carol-Ann- free printable

Multicultural Children's Book Day: Read Your World

Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s 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.

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom teamed up in late 2013 to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. On January 27th, 2015 this dynamic duo will be hosting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

Here are some ways to help celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day:

  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website, view the booklists, reading resources, and other useful multicultural information.
  • Visit the Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
  • Have children bring in their favorite multicultural book to school on this day and share it with the class.
  • Watch for the #ReadYourWorld hashtag on social media, and share.
  • Visit diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents on the website.
  • Visit MCCBD sponsors
  • Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website on January 27th to view and participate in our huge blogger link-up, multicultural book reviews, giveaways and more!

MCCBD’s  2015 Sponsors include

Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop

Gold SponsorsSatya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof

Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild,  Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books,  The Omnibus Publishing

Bronze Sponsors: Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,   Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing, East West Discovery Press.

CoHosts: We have NINE amazing Co-Hosts at this link. They include the following:

Africa to America

All Done Monkey

The Educators’ Spin on It

Growing Book by Book

InCultural Parent

Kid World Citizen

Mama Smiles

Multicultural Kid Blogs

Sprout’s Bookshelf

MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

-MCCBD now has its own! A is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free to subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.

If you have not done so, check out the MCCBD blog! Thanks to support from the Children’s Book Council we are posting author interviews like crazy and are thrilled with the response. You can find the MCCBD blog here:>g/

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If you would like more information or have questions regarding Multicultural Children’s Book Day, please contact Valarie Budayr at or Mia Wenjen at

Thank you so much for your support!

Thank you for reading,

Carolyn Wilhelm