The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) is now accepting applications for their grants for Children’s Day, Book Day (El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros) programming with an African American focus. Find details and an application here. Applications must be received by February 28, 2019 and the awards will be announced on or about March 1, 2019.
Libraries that serve children and their families are eligible to apply; the event must be held on or about April 30, 2018. The award consists of a $500 grant in selected multicultural children’s books for the winning library.
More widely celebrated in Latin America than in the United States, the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day or Los Tres Reyes, marks the the arrival of the Magi symbolizing that the Christ Child was revealed to the world. The tradition of making (or buying) a Three Kings’ Wreath or rosca de reyes inspired my book, The Bakery Lady: La señora de la panadería. I wrote it to show a close Mexican-American family celebrating this tradition by baking together. I am blessed to have known such closeness in my own life.
As a writer, I love the word epiphany from the Greek meaning a manifestation or striking insight. Wishing you epiphanies in the new year.
"Five-year-old Pablo can hardly wait to see how Abuelito, his grandfather, has decorated Pablo’s tree for his birthday. When Mamá first told her father that she was going to adopt a baby…Lito went out and bought the tree for his grandson…A lovely and resonant picture book that, like the tree that Pablo discovers decked with bells and wind chimes, rings with happiness and family love."—Booklist
Activities for sharing Pablo’s Tree in the classroom:
- Using branches, have students create their own tree for a special person or to remember a specific birthday of their own. Teaching origami or making clay wind chimes are possibilities.
- A number of Pat’s books describe relationships between children and an older relative. Invite students to share traditions from their families. Invite grandparents or older relatives and friends to visit the class and perhaps to share a memory, game, tradition, or song in their native language.
- Students can make items for Pablo’s sixth birthday.
- Using “dress-up props,” children can stage a scene about an event with an older relative or friend.