Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019: Alabama Oh

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019: Alabama Oh

Multicultural Chiildren’s Book Day was held on January 25 this year! We posted our review of Alabama Oh by Andi Cann and illustrated by Micaela Stefano on Jan 25. Here’s our review of all three of the Alabama Oh books. For more information about MCBD and for other fabulous books that were reviewed this year, please scroll down or check out the review link here.

Alabama Oh:

In Alabama Oh, we are introduced to Alabama Oh, a free spirit and creative girl who appreciates the beauty around her. One of my favorite things about my Bookworm girls is that they embrace themselves for who they are. Alabama Oh is exactly that type of girl….except the people around her try to change her. Instead of giving in, Alabama shows her teacher that she views her world in a different way than her peers.

Alabama Oh is an excellent book about knowing one’s self, embracing our differences, and always stopping to smell the dandelions. That’s right, dandelions, because Alabama has a love for all sorts of flowers, most especially the flowers that she views as “explorers, riding the wind to a new adventure.”

Mini Me and Little Lion encompass the hashtag ‘#BeYou” so much in their every day lives, most notable recently in Little Lion’s eclectic clothing choices. Little Lion has gone through several phases this school year, including wearing her Lafayette costume on the first day of school, wearing her Hufflepuff robe for weeks on end, switching to resurrecting her Naida (Lego elf) cloak for weeks on end, and most recently borrowing her sister’s black cloak (originally made for Snape) in homage to Elphaba from Wicked.

I’m always delighted to read a book with a character who knows who she is, and isn’t afraid to be herself.

Added bonus: Cann has a wonderful list of artists at the back that the reader can discover after reading the book.

Alabama Oh and the New Boy:

In Alabama Oh and the New Boy, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed in Alabama—whereas in the first book, she’s a very mature girl with an excellent outlook, in this second book, she has a tantrum of epic proportions. Just like our kids in real life. She gets a little too sure of herself, and then she realizes that she can recognize other people’s talents as well.

Added bonus: Pierre’s art work was inspired by Ansel Adams. At the end of the book, Cann lists other artists who specialize in black and white photography or artwork.

Alabama Oh and the Art Festival:

Alabama Oh and the Art Festival is Little Lion’s favorite of the three books, and I can see why. Together, Alabama and Pierre show perseverance and kindness as they work together to stage an art festival and include one of its biggest opponents. Who knew that they’d be gifted with another form of art? Sculpture!

Added bonus: Mr. Fubberjubbit’s artwork is reminiscent of Alexander Calder, and Cann lists many other sculptors that readers can discover after reading the book.


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. 

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

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. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

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

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula 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 BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid 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 9:00pm.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:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

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