Yumi comes from a family of collectors, but she just can’t figure out what she wants to collect! Her great-grandparents began the tradition before passing it on to their eleven boys and one girl, Yumi’s Grandmother Sayuri. As Yumi strives to find her place within her family, she nurtures a special relationship with her ailing grandmother. She soon realizes that Grandmother Sayuri’s stories are inspiring her to look at collecting differently. Yumi discovers that she can use her natural gift to fit in with her collector relatives after all and that her abilities can bring joy to the people she loves. Her collection is not just personal; she can share it with everyone.   

Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection is a beautifully illustrated children’s
fiction book that explores powerful themes. It demonstrates how family stories and connections can be valuable tools in helping young people discover their identity. Author Elsa Takaoka addresses a child’s need to belong, to feel a part of a whole, and to learn more deeply about who they are. Catherine Toennisson employs a bright and playful style in her illustrations that pay tribute wonderfully to Yumi’s Japanese culture. The colors she uses are vivid and bold, and the images will keep children of all ages engaged. Yum’s tale is a wonderful read that is tender, realistic, and encouraging.

The title of this book only skims the surface of the rich themes Takaoka presents. Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection uses rich language that speaks to a child’s natural urge to collect objects; to own something that is theirs alone. It made me reminisce about my own childhood collections of rocks and books. This urge to collect is why, as a teacher, I find it so hard today to tell children not to bring in pebbles and flowers from recess! Yumi loves her family, but she feels different since she doesn’t have a love of collecting like everyone else. Many children will sympathize with the sentiment of not fitting in with their relatives. This story shows that differences can be strengths. Yumi goes through a journey of self-discovery that ends in pride.

Family connection, heritage, and history are overarching ideas in this work by Takaoka. The author embraces the tradition of care and respect for elders that is vitally important in Japan. It would be wonderful to use this book with children to explore Japanese culture and connect to the holiday Respect for the Aged Day. As a teacher, I can also see myself using this book to explore genealogy and storytelling. Forming a unit around family stories would be fun for students, and Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection would be a beautiful way to introduce children to these concepts. In the end, “Yumi… found a way of collecting the greatest thing of all- memories”. This heartwarming story is a great read and is a highly recommended multicultural children’s 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

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 @McChildsBookDay 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.

We will be giving away Book Bundles every 5 minutes!

Twitter Party Details:

When: Friday, January 25th

Time: 9 pm to 10 pm EST

Where: On Twitter! Follow McChildsBookDay to participate

Hashtag: #ReadYourWorld

Sponsored By: Make A Way Media


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.