Celebrate Día in the Classroom

Share My LessonTeachers 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!

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Two Día Dynamos with Ideas and Energy

Meryle Leonard with her son Jay.

Meryle Leonard with her son Jay.

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.
Dia on tour

Lydia BreisethColorín Colorado Manager and Día Dynamo Lydia Breiseth has been a loyal and creative Día supporter for years, maintaining a Children’s Day, Book Day page on the Colorin Colorado website with resources, videos and planning ideas. This year she also sent a survey to find out about Día celebrations in schools–if you know of a school planning a celebration, please share the survey with them!
Colorin Colorado site
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Children’s Day, Book Day at the Library and in the Park

April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations can be found in many different places–here are two examples happening this month:

Community Organizations
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:


Public Libraries
Ana Ruiz Morillo

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.

Multnomah Dia

April Is the Perfect Month To Have a Book Fiesta!

Book FiestaParents: 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.

Don’t forget to share Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day, Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros!

Book Fiesta

Illustration by Rafael Lopez from Book Fiesta!

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Hats Off to Librarians in April!

Diapalooza 2018Librarians are important Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) advocates and April give us a chance to celebrate them all month long.

School Library MonthApril is School Library Month, the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library.

April 8-14 is National Library Week. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the celebration with the theme Libraries Lead.

April 10 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

April 11 is National Bookmobile Day, celebrating our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. (Bookmobiles are a great place to have a Día celebration!)

Photos courtesy of Rural Bookmobile Northeast/New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Photo courtesy of Rural Bookmobile Northeast/New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.[/

Celebrate National Poetry Month Online and On the Street

April is National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. It’s a great month to share poetry and to #ShareBookjoy!
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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).

At No Water River: The Children’s Poetry Place, poet Renee LaTulippe is posting a poem/prompt daily from a different poet and inviting readers to write a poem on that particular theme. She is sharing Pat’s poem “One Blue Door” on April 6!

at the poetry mailboxHave 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.

At First Book, Now is the Perfect Time to Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day

Diapalooza 2018First 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:

Gracias to Roxana Barillas and Melanie Boyer at First Book for help with the design of this customiz-able flyer. Add your organization’s logo bottom left and share broadly!

ALSC will #ShareBookjoy for Día 2018

ALSC DIAThe 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.


Other resources:

During April, ALSC will share news and information about Día 2018 using the hashtags #diatogether, #STEAMwithDia and #sharebookjoy. Join them on social media with your own celebrations.
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