Another year of Multicultural Children’s Book Review! I’m thrilled to be able to join the Multicultural Children’s Book Day again in 2018. Let’s jump in and see which book did we read this year.



Multicultural Children’s Book Day  (1/27/2018) is in its 5th 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.

* Disclosure: I was sent these items to review free of charge from Multicultural Children’s Book Day. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

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I have a chance to review The Moon wants to be Spotless White written by Priya Narayanan and illustrated by Suhita Mitra.


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About this Book

Mitu, the main character who loves the moon, was told to clean the moon until it turned into spotless again. She asked Dhobi Kaka for help and they both figured a way to take the moon down from the sky and clean it. After the whole series of fun adventures of cleaning the moon, the moon became dirty again. However, the moon understood that beauty isn’t the most important thing on earth, but he enjoyed the friendship and love even more.


My Experiences with this Book

It was the first children book that we read based in India, so my 6-year-old who started reading chapter books for a few months, she was excited to read with me and learn more about India.

The first thing that attracted my 6-year-old was the title The Moon Wants to be Spotless White. Since we have learned about the moon, space, with Mid-Autumn Festival before, she was very curious about why and how the moon wants to be cleaned.

Then, different beautiful illustrations kept coming throughout the whole book that made the characters and the story alive and more interesting. We especially loved the picture that Mitu and Kaka were cleaning the moon which was laying on the ground like a big white sheet( p. 31).

The book is divided into two parts: Dirty and Clean with a total of 7 chapters. It was a very clear and simple layout, especially for my 6-year-old who is a newbie of reading chapter books. Each chapter was moved fast with excitement and new events came up.

Lastly, the great meaningful lesson to learn from this book has presented appropriately with a great ending. I’m sure my 6-year-old has learned something important from this folktale.


My Opinions of this Book

1. Glossary of Indian word meanings: I love the glossary at the end of the book to show us the unfamiliar Indian words that mentioned throughout the story. It is always great to learn something new from reading.

2. Amazing illustration with great style: Again, the illustrator did a wonderful job of all the drawing. Through each picture, we were able to understand better of the characters and the story. Great choice of colors as well.

I would like to thanks Priya and the MCBD for sending me a review copy. It was a great experience for me and my children. Thank you!


About the Author

PRIYA NARAYANAN is an avid traveler, a voracious reader, a passionate designer, and a doting mother of two. While as a child, she loved to dream, she now has to make do with daydreaming over many cups of coffee and chocolate chip ice cream. She believes that there are stories lurking around every corner, waiting to be captured and revealed to the world. Although she has long been a writer of short stories and poetry, it was just recently that she took up the challenge of writing for children.  (from

You can contact the following social media.


Twitter: @moonspotting



 You Might Be Interested

  1. Multicultural Children’s Book Day Offical Website
  2. To purchase The Moon wants to be Spotless White
  3. To join the MCBD Facebook Group
  4. Priya Narayanan official website


Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.


2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press


2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim


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.


TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

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

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.


  1. Mia Wenjen 11 months ago

    I love how the culture of India comes through in this picture book. Your review is terrific! Thanks so much for sharing via the Multicultural Children’s Book Day linky and for being a reviewer!

    I hope you can join us tonight at our Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST. We will be giving away hundreds of diverse children’s books in the form of 13 book bundles. One will be given away every six minutes.

    The questions with the book prizes are posted here:

    • Po Tim King 10 months ago

      THanks Mia. THanks for this wonderful opportunity for me and my kids to review this book. It was fun.

  2. Richard E. Fountain 7 months ago

    Thanks, I really enjoy your review. I’m looking forward to get this book and read as a bed time story to my 5 years old kid. Do you think it’s a good idea?

    • Po Tim King 7 months ago

      Thanks Richart for your comment. I love this book too. I think this book will be a great bedtime story or any kids. Let me know if your kid likes it or not.

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