Children’s Day /Book Day (El día de los niños / El día de los libros), also known as Día is a celebration of children, families, and reading. Held annually in the USA on April 30, Día celebrations emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Founded in 1996 by author Pat Mora, Día is now hosted by the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) along with founding partner REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. 2013 marks the 17th anniversary of Día.
There are plenty of resources on the Dia site to help you organize a Dia celebration in your community. Be sure to check out the four free webinars, the Día Family Book Club toolkit, the resource guide, book list, and more! Register your event on the the interactive map and you can receive complimentary stickers and “Ask Me about Dia!” buttons while supplies last. Use the Día Publicity Tool Kit to download logos and brochures.
An exciting new initiative for Dia 2013 is Latinas for Latino Literature’s Blog Hop. From April 10th to 29th, a different Latina blogger will be hosting a different Latino children’s book author and/or illustrator. Click here for Blog Hop schedule and enjoy! On April 30th the Blog Hop celebration will culminate with an amazing giveaway. Latinas for Latino Literature have put together a wonderful collection of Latino children’s literature to be awarded to a school library or public library.
ANYONE can enter their school library or local library to win this fabulous collection. Just leave a comment on any or all (one comment per person per blog, please) of the Día Blog Hop posts. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Latinas for Latino Literatures’ site on April 30th, Día de los Niños. Click here for all the details and to see the list of titles.
Pat Mora is the author of many children’s books including the Pula Belpre award-winning book Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day : Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Her new picture book, The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe, was published December 2012. Read PaperTigers’ interview with Pat Mora here.