This week, be sure and check out the Día Blog Hop, presented for the third year in a row by Latinas 4 Latino Lit. Pat’s guest post launches the Hop – read it here. They’ll be featuring three Latino authors or illustrators each day between now and Día, Thursday, April 30th.
Brighten your work space, website and celebration room with one of these mini-posters!
Día Advocates A-Z is an alphabet of twenty-six nouns that matter to all of us who work to connect all children to books, languages and cultures. Yea for Día Advocates whose commitment and creativity always amaze me. Download the lo-res version to display on your website and the hi-res version for printing.
Growing a Nation of Readers: Creating a Bookjoy Family shares some literacy tips for families. Download the poster.
Enjoy this performance of the Día song by the 5th grade at Tony Serna Jr. Elementary in West Las Vegas, NM. (Thanks to their teacher, Billie Matthews!) Find the song’s history and words, and download the sheet music for the song in the video.
Many places across the country have Día celebrations planned for tomorrow, Saturday April 25th. Here are just a few:
Matrix Human Services of Detroit, Michigan is holding their Día celebration in Clark Park. Their mission is to advocate for and serve the most vulnerable in the metropolitan Detroit community and to empower individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives and achieve self sufficiency.
The Boone County Public Library in Northern Kentucky is taking their Día celebration on the road. On Saturday, April 25, the library’s Community Center on Wheels is rolling out their Día on the Lawn Program to Green Lawn Mobile Home Park, which is home to many Hispanic families in Boone County, Kentucky. The Boone County Community Center on Wheels is a custom-built, two-room bus equipped with a classroom to support on-board instruction, computers for access to educational software and the Internet, and resource materials for children and adults.
It’s National Poetry Month, a good time to begin the habit of reading some poetry every day. There’s plenty to choose from in these collections of Pat’s poetry for adults:
I was born in El Paso, Texas, a city in the Chihuahua Desert. I love deserts which is why I’ve written four children’s books set in deserts:
Perhaps because water is scarce in deserts, I am fascinated by water and enjoyed writing my most recent book, a bilingual book about the movement of water all over our planet:
Let’s savor and protect our beautiful earth and encourage children to enjoy the fun of playing outdoors.
- Building STEAM with Día booklists
- Coloring and activity sheets to download
- White Paper: The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children
- Día Publicity Tool Kit
Hooray for holidays! The next book in The Poetry Friday Anthology series, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets for 150+ holidays and celebrations, including: Random Acts of Kindness Week, Children’s Book Week, World Laughter Day, National Camping Month, International Literacy Day, Global Hand Washing Day, and more! It’s available in a Teacher/Librarian Edition and a Student Edition. Check it out at PoetryCelebrations.com!