El día de los niños/El día de los libros

(Children’s Day/Book Day)

April 30th marks the 15th year of a celebration known as “El día de los niños/El día de los libros,” or “Día” for short.  Día emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Author and poet Pat Mora developed Día as a way to celebrate children and books. What better way to spend a day than with a stack of books and a room full of children?

According to the American Library Association (ALA) Día website, “Día isn’t just April 30—it’s every day of the year, and it honors every child. Día’s goals include a daily commitment to honor children and childhood; to promote literacy, the importance of linking all children to books, languages (all languages), and cultures; to honor home languages and cultures; to involve parents as essential members of the literacy team; and to promote library collection development that reflects our plurality.”

Do you want to try it for yourself? The Día website resources show how you can host your own version of Día at home with your family or a group of friends!

Enjoy your celebration of  Children’s Day/Book Day on April 30th … and every day!

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