How could I not love Clive and His Hats? This board book by Jessica Spanyol features Clive, a little boy who has a dress-up box full of hats. He has a sun hat for playing in the sand box, and a fire hat for playing in the rain. He has an art hat that he wears on an outing to an art gallery, and party hats that he shares with friends. I think he might even have more hats than I do!

This board book isn’t just a celebration of hats, although, for me, it might be enough if it were. But Clive and His Hats is also a celebration of diversity. Clive plays happily with children of other races, sharing hats and having fun.

And that’s important. So many of us live in monochromatic communities. But when young children read picture books that show children making connections and having fun across racial divides, those children are more comfortable doing the same thing themselves. (You can read about the research here.)

And while Clive and His Hats doesn’t include any children with disabilities, it does include a little boy who wears glasses. That’s unusual enough that I wonder whether illustrators just find glasses hard to do.

Clive and His Hats is part of a delightful series that includes Clive and His Bags, Clive and His Art, and Clive and His Babies. The series is from the indie publisher Child’s Play, an organization that believes in the value of play — and in the value of books. Their books show boys and girls of all cultures, nationalities, and abilities. I heartily recommend them.

About Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This review is part of the celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. As you know, besides reviewing books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’m a sponsor for the event. I think it’s important that children have multicultural books, books like Catherine’s Pascha and Clive and His Hats.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth 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 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.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors

MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books.

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang.

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.

MCBD Links to Remember

MCBD site
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents


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Charlotte Riggle, author of Catherine's Pascha and The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
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