As a mom, dedicated kidlit reader, author, and co-founder of the non-profit Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia Wenjen has been on a decade-long journey to discover the best diversity books in children’s literature. With a determination to change the world, one book at a time, Wenjen created BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 as a way to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.
Inside the pages, readers, parents, caregivers, educators, and librarians will find extensive book recommendations for Native American Heritage Month #OwnVoices, Muslim #OwnVoices, Holocaust #OwnVoices, African American #OwnVoices, Asian American #OwnVoices, Latinx #OwnVoices, LGBTQ #OwnVoices, Sensory Issues #OwnVoices and much more. While change is a long time coming, it starts with a single book.
Currently, this book is available on Amazon Kindle in ebook form. Take a sneak peek at this robust diverse and #OWNVOICES children’s book resource by clicking the image below or visiting Amazon.com.
About The Author
Mia Wenjen co-founded Aquent in 1986 with two friends as a dorm room entrepreneur at Harvard University. She has been a member of the Board of Directors ever since and has held a number of roles at the company, including founding the West Coast operations and growing the Los Angeles, California office into the company’s largest market. In 1992, Aquent (then called MacTemps) placed #12 on the Inc. 500 list for Fastest Growing Private Company.
Mia is also a blogger at PragmaticMom.com, a mash-up covering education, parenting, and multicultural children’s books. Her blog receives over one million views a year. She is a co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27th, a non-profit which celebrates diversity in children’s literature. In just three days, the event generated over 3.6 billion social media share impressions!
A mother of two daughters and a son who play sports year round, she experienced first hand how girls react differently than boys as athletes. It is from this, and her husband’s experience coaching their kids as a volunteer parent soccer and golf coach, that this book was conceived.