Apply now for the 2018 Estela and Raúl Mora Award

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Pat’s parents, Estela and Raúl Mora, her sister Cissy and Pat

Did you have a Día celebration in your school, library, or community in April 2018 to bring Children’s Day, Book Day to life for kids and families? If so, you’re eligible to apply for the 2018 Estela and Raúl Mora Award, administered by First Book.

This year’s Mora Award winner will receive a $1,000 First Book Marketplace credit, and two additional honor awards of $500 in First Book Marketplace credits will be granted to strong applicants.

Last year’s winner was Mattawa Elementary School in Mattawa, Washington. They put on a fantastic Día celebration with the help of parents and several community partners. They had over 200 attendees, lots fun and engaging reading activities, and free books for children and families to take home as prizes. Maybe your celebration could be this year’s winner!

The application deadline is June 30, 2018. Apply now.

Thanks on Children’s Day, Book Day!

Is Día becoming a national April tradition? We sure hope so!

Deep thanks to each of you who invested your creativity and energy in joining us to celebrate all our children and excite them about bookjoy this April. Our work of validating the lives of our children continues as we plan Summer Reading for children, families—and ourselves.

Special gracias, gracias to partners including the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), First Book and my wonderful Web manager Bobbie Combs.

Angela Hubbard

Angela Hubbard, ALSC

Roxana Barillas, First Book

Roxana Barillas, First Book

Bobbie Combs

Bobbie Combs

Diapalooza 2018

Celebrating Día in the Santa Fe Public Schools

Santa Fe Public SchoolsPat will be spending today visiting elementary schools as part of a district-wide Children’s Day, Book Day celebration in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Each school will celebrate with their own choice of fun and engaging activities, including:

  • A school-wide outdoor reading celebration where families are encouraged to attend
  • Students dressing up as their favorite book characters
  • One school principal will read his favorite book to the school during morning announcements
  • Book buddies will be sharing their favorite books with each other
  • A story museum, where each class will have a table featuring their favorite book
  • A play performed by teachers for students
  • Book giveaways
  • A school-wide hour where students will drop everything and read

Here’s hoping this idea will spread to other school districts across the country!
Santa Fe Public Schools

Children’s Book Week: 99 Years of Sharing Bookjoy

Next week is Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, it has been going strong for 99 years! Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes–wherever young readers and books connect! On their resource website you can download free bookmarks, activities, event kits & more for your Children’s Book Week–and Día–celebrations.

Children's Book Week

Diapalooza 2018

A Poem for Earth Day

Annually during Díapalooza, we remember that we all need to be good stewards of the beauty on our planet:

Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
in the hush of this greenless forest
shining up to the gray clump of salt cedar
          to black swords of mesquite
          to the grace of grasses, yellow, rust

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
to strange chirps and chatters
to strange birds with necks that flow and flow
Canadian geese, sandhill cranes
stirring the air, stirring the air

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
in pools, in the mallard’s green shimmer
in the startled          FLAP
filling the blue with a whirl white
                         silent, vast
then dip of black tip
                       snow geese, snow geese

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
shining in the white of the majestic crane
the great Whoop
white neck flowing, flowing
into desert grasses
white flowing
into the smile of old bones.

© Pat Mora; poem from Communion

Diapalooza 2018

Children’s Day, Book Day Super States: Texas and California

In 1997, the first annual Día celebrations were held in cities including El Paso and Austin. Texas has continued to support Día with celebrations in many places, and California is not far behind! Here’s what’s happening in 2018:

El Paso
This year mark’s El Paso Public Library’s 22nd Día celebration! Held on Saturday, April 28 in Washington Park from 10-4, the festivities routinely draw 20-30,000 attendees, giving away up to 30,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a book of their own. Follow them on Facebook.
El Paso Dia 2018

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Both organizations are involved Children’s Day, Book Day partners, encouraging libraries statewide to participate in Día through their newsletters, social media and the Lone Star Día website. This year, the Texas Center for the Book gave grants of $200 to assist Texas libraries who serve children in need in planning their celebrations.

Día San Francisco
San Francisco’s first Día celebration was in 1999 and each year the event grows in attendance and collaboration. Past celebrations have attracted over 800 children and their families who enjoy diverse performance groups, storytellers, literacy-related family activities, and the SFPL Bookmobile as well as the new mobile Librotero, a mobile book giveaway cart–instead of paletas, families choose libros to take home. This year’s celebration is on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1-4 with books, bubbles, dancing and hula hoops! Visit San Francisco’s official Día page or follow them on Facebook.

Yolo County Library (CA)
Yolo County celebrates Día in all of their branches! Children who attend these events will receive a free book and can participate in educational activities, watch a special performance, and listen to a story time program. Parents and caregivers will find helpful local resources from community organizations. Find out more.

Santa Ana
The City of Sanata Ana will hold their 10th annual Día celebration on Saturday, April 21. Watch a video from their 2017 celebration:

Santa Ana 2018

Diapalooza 2018