Teachers are important advocates for Children’s Day, Book Day. The American Federation of Teacher’s Share My Lesson website is a destination for educators who dedicate their time and professional expertise to provide the best education for students everywhere. visit their Día page to find lesson plans.
Share My Lesson is up for a #Webby award in Education. Vote for them by Thursday, April 19!
Día Dynamo Meryle Leonard, Outreach Manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC) partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Raising a Reader and families in their Learning Together program to celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day in 2018 with “Día on Tour.” Children and families are invited to visit all branches and experience programs from Brazil, Jamaica, India, China, Germany and Zimbabwe. Children who visit two branches and collect two different color tickets can get special access at the finale celebration, which takes place on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations can be found in many different places–here are two examples happening this month:
ELLAchattanooga is a community arts organization in East Lake, Chattanooga, TN who has an annual Book Fiesta. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 14 from 1-4. Inspired by Pat’s Book Fiesta, they set out to bring her book to life in East Lake Park, inviting the whole neighborhood out to read, play and create in English & Spanish! Enjoy this video of last year’s celebration:
Ana Ruiz Morillo
2002 Mora Award winner Multnomah County Library (OR) has been celebrating Día since 1998, thanks to Spanish Outreach Program Specialist Senior Ana Ruiz Morillo and the “We Speak Your Language” Group. For the three events comprising this year’s celebration, the library partnered with The Library Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, US Bank Foundation and Honl Tree Care. The celebration will take place on the last three Saturdays in April, at three different branches of the library.
Parents: plan a gathering for family and friends. You can select a book for the party theme, plan some games and activities, and prepare a feast–but don’t forget to #ShareBookjoy at the party!
Teachers: Decorate school hallways and classroom doors with multicultural book covers, share poetry with The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations and pair readers of different age levels for read-alouds.
Librarians: Launch your Summer Reading Program with books that honor America’s many cultures and languages, have a book parade–invite children to dress as their favorite characters and create a display of bookjoy quotes from authors and patrons.
April is National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. It’s a great month to share poetry and to #ShareBookjoy!
The Best American Poetry 2017 blog shared Pat’s poem Metamórfosis as part of a partnership between the blog and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS).
Have you heard about Poetry Boxes? Similar to the Little Free Libraries, they help share poetry in unexpected places! Here are two young poets in Tucson investigating a Poetry Mailbox–and one of them sat down and wrote a poem on the spot to contribute.
First Book continues to be an active Día partner, supporting and promoting Children’s Day, Book Day by working within their own network and partnering with other organizations. They administer the Estela and Raúl Mora Award annually and their website provides many great resources to help you #ShareBookjoy:
Check out the Celebrate Día category on the First Book Marketplace to find excellent books perfect for fostering bookjoy with kids of all ages and backgrounds.
The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) provides many Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) resources on their website, including their National Día; Program Registry, where you can enter your celebration details and use a customized event page link to promote your celebration.