Although both my kids are in school full time now, their world is still small and protected. Sometimes I see things on the news and I think I should talk to them about it but I shy away. However, when they ask questions I try to give them age appropriate truthful answers. The Boy Who Asked Why allowed me to broach the topic about class prejudice. Bhim’s story is truly inspirational. The Boy Who Asked Why is a book about courage, resilience, hope and the power of education.

The Who Asked Why was based on the life of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (Babasaheb Ambedkar).  It was written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Satwick Gade. Bhim was born in India, in 1891. During that time the caste system was rigidly adhered to. He was born into the Untouchable (Dalit) caste. People from the Dalit caste were street and latrine cleaners. The Boy Who Asked Why follows Bhim’s journey through life.


The Review


I loved the book. Bhim was such an inspirational character. You can’t read this book and not get emotionally invested. You want know how Bhim deals with the challenges that come his way.  At the start of the story we are told:


As a child, Bhim knew that the world he lived in was

like a ladder. Different groups of people made the

different steps of the ladder. Bhim knew that he

belonged to the lowest step…


His experiences and what it means to be a Dalit was handled with care, sensitivity and explained simply for younger ones to understand.  As it is with small children, they ask lots of questions. Like any other child, Bhim asked ‘why?’ His resilience and determination to change circumstance for his people, lead to changes in his country.


Reading this story with my children it made me realise just how innocent they still are. In their little minds prejudice happened in the ‘olden days’ and in other places not England. So we had a brief age appropriate chat which allowed as all to appreciate Bhim’s successes.

Who said one person can’t make a difference? Read Bhim’s story to be inspired.

Valentina’s best bit: She loved the illustration. The thought Bhim was so cute with lil chubby cheeks and was moved by the story and his trials.

My best bit: I concur with Val on the above.


Book Details:

Age: 6+
Language: English

Format: Hardcover, Paperback

Number of Pages: 32

Publisher: KitaabWorld

Author: Sowmya Rajendran

Illustrator: Satwick Gade

Dimensions: 8.5″ x 9.5″

I would certainly recommend this book; Bhim is an inspirational one. It’s a lesson to us all, never stopping asking ‘why?’ when we see injustice.

Visit KitaabWorld website for more information on all their books, including The Boy Who Asked Why?



Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here:
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here:

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen 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 ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual 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.


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.





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