The Barefoot Book of Children MCBD 2018

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their 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. 

This is one of several posts I’m writing for this year’s event. This post is about The Barefoot Book of Children. This BEAUTIFUL book is about children of the entire world and is by Tessa Strickland (Author),‎ Kate Depalma  (Author),‎ David Dean (Illustrator). The publisher is Barefoot Books, of course! 

he Barefoot Book of ChildrenKate DePalma was born and raised outside Nashville, TN, USA. Kate also writes picture books under her pseudonym, Sunny Scribens, and is a published poet and scholar. She holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and has taught courses and workshops in writing and publishing at Emerson College, the Margaret Mitchell House and beyond. She lives with her husband and daughter.

The Barefoot Book of Children is one that will be read again and again, and year after year. There is much to consider, think about, and discuss with children. It is a book of life, really. It begins:

“Every morning, millions of children open their eyes and start another day.”

The first picture of those eyes opening and the day beginning. The first question is, “Where are you?” meaning where in the world do you live? The text includes many questions so this is the kind of book children will be discussing with parents and teachers as it is read. Different kinds of home, food, play, hiding places, and families are so well illustrated. The child will be encouraged to think about all the things they are able to do. All sizes, shapes, and abilities are included in the inclusive illustrations.

The Barefoot Book of Children Free Educational PDF to Accompany the Book

I was inspired to make a “go fish” matching game with some of the ideas in the book such as eyes, play, sounds, and homes.  Please click on the link below for your free instant download. Children could collect matching pairs or sets of four cards with the same word.



One page states that putting on a hat can make you feel like a different person. So true, for grown-ups, also. This is one of the pages from the printable.


The twitter party is tomorrow night! Be there using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to possibly win prizes. Would those be books? Why, yes!

Twitter Party Jan 27, 2018

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 BernardoAuthor 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 QueenAuthor 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:

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

I am a Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018 Co-Host

*Note: I did receive a free copy of the book for the purpose of writing this blog post. There was no other remuneration. I did purchase one book each (myself) for the special children in my life.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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The Barefoot Book of Children MCBD 2018 -- this post has a book review of the Barefoot Book of Children and a free printable to accompany the book

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Rebekah Gienapp 01/27/2018 at 7:53 pm

    This is one of our family’s absolute favorite books! We’re always finding something new to discover in the illustrations.

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 01/27/2018 at 8:09 pm

      This book will be good for years to come! I bought some myself! Thank you for writing.

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