World Book Day Costumes – A Case for Modernity & Diversity

World Book Day is a celebration of books and reading marked in over 100 countries all over the world. Children dress up as their favourite book character and present their book during ‘show and tell’ (amongst other activities organised by the school). The more popular costumes are characters from well known classics such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Rapunzel and Goldilocks.  It’s easier to find these costumes on store shelves and online stores and for time-pressed parents buying these costumes instead of the rare, less popular ones is a no brainer. This easier option leads us to ask 2 questions –

  1. There is a good reason why classics will always be classics but can we justify making a book written over 350 years ago, i.e. in 1697 our first choice for a costume on World Book Day in 2018?
  2. How inspiring are these classics which contain little or no diverse, cultural representation.

Greater diversity in books not only gives children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children.

Here are MOCCA Mums’ Top 5 books that are (1) more modern and (2) culturally diverse.

  1. Doc McStuffins Storybook Collection (Disney)
  2. Twintuition: Double Vision, by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry
  3. Princess Cupcake Jones and the Queen’s Closet, by Ylleya Fields
  4. Sassy Dancing in the Wings, by Debbie Allen
  5. Curlilocks and The Three Pink Pandas by Yolanda King

MOCCA Mums, what other culturally diverse and modern books are on your girl’s library shelves or book lists? 

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