It’s Time for Our Annual Díapalooza!

Diapalooza 2018Welcome to Díapalooza (DPA), our annual online celebration of children and bookjoy–all children, all cultures, all languages. This is our 22nd anniversary of Día a word that literally means “day” for our daily commitment to celebrating children and connecting them to books. Some also use the word for Diversity in Action. We’ll be featuring our partners all month. Join us in creating the annual April Children’s Day, Book Day tradition.

Celebrate World Theatre Day on March 27

Every March 27, the International Theater Institute celebrates World Theatre Day in order to share the joy of theatre with others. In Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!, by Pat and her daughter Libby Martinez, a brave bilingual mouse and his family live in an old theater. When they decide to put on their own play and run into Little Gato-Gato, Chico Canto’s language skills prevent disaster and save the day!

Illustration © Amelia Lau Carling from Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!

Illustration by Amelia Lau Carling from Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!

March 22: World Water Day

Water Rolls Water RisesThe United Nations celebrates World Water Day on March 22. The theme for 2018 is: Nature for Water, exploring how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

In the Author’s Note for her book Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube, Pat writes:

Water fascinates me, perhaps because I’ve spent most of my life in the Southwest desert region of the United States. The sound of rain is welcome music on a dry and thirsty landscape. Creeks and rivers refresh desert dwellers, and lakes–so much water–seem a surprise. Lightning and downpours startle. Snow softens mountains, hills, cactuses, rocks.

Water–essential, cleansing, dramatic, soothing–is a research interest of my husband, Vern Scarborough, a professor of archaeology. I have benefited from his knowledge, and also from his enthusiasm about the wonder of water and the importance of valuing this glorious natural resource.

Illustration by Meilo So from Water Rolls, Water Rises

Illustration by Meilo So from Water Rolls, Water Rises

Get Ready for World Poetry Day on March 21

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO “recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.”

Later this year, The University of Arizona Press will publish Pat’s seventh adult poetry collection, Encantado: Desert Monologues:
Encantado by Pat MoraWe’re pleased to have this new book join Pat’s other adult poetry collections:

Introducing a New Children’s Day, Book Day Flyer to Share

We’ve added something new to our Día Resources page: a customizable flyer. Download it here, add your organization’s info or logo, and share broadly! Many thanks to Día Dynamo Roxana Barillas at First Book for helping with the design.

Don’t forget about the Día Planning Booklet, which offers a compilation of ways to celebrate all our children and excite them about bookjoy.

Children’s Day, Book Day Flyer
Planning Booklet

Hooray for Three Winners of CSMCL’s Día Grants!

FireworksCenter for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) is pleased to announce the three winners of the CSMCL 2018 Día Grants with an African American Focus.

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, CSMCL Executive Director, said “The persons who wrote the winning grants were just thrilled…their grant programs are awesome!” I think that Día is becoming more and more important. Día is still young. I see it as an essential part of the fabric of America.”

The winning programs are:
Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch in Jamaica Plain, MA. The Día event theme is: “Neighborhood Literacy: Connecting Libraries, Hair Salons, and Barbershops as Literacy and Confidence Centers.” The Día event will be held on April 30, 2018 from 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Logan Heights Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library in San Diego, CA. The Día event theme is: “Legacy of Our Community: African American Artists from San Diego.” The event will be held on April 30, 2018 from 3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Zion Benton Public Library in Zion, IL. The Día event theme is: “El Día de los Niños/Libros: Yo Soy Afro-Latinx.” The Día event will be held on April 30, 2018 from 4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

The three winning libraries each will be awarded $500 in selected multicultural children’s books. Congratulations!

This is the seventh year the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) has awarded the Día grant and has been in partnership with the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and Pat Mora.

CSMCL winners

International Women’s Day: #PressforProgress

International Women's DayInternational Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s campaign theme is “Press for Progress.”
Find videos, resources, articles and more on the IWD website.

Let’s each Press for Progress for Women in the work we do. Onward together!

Introducing the Cover of Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Later this year Lee & Low Books will release Bookjoy, Wordjoy, a collection of Pat’s poems that celebrates engaging with words and books. Bookjoy, Wordjoy is illustrated by Raul Colón with captivating images in a style influenced by Mexican muralists. We’re excited to share the beautiful cover:
Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Raul previously illustrated Pat’s Tomás and the Library Lady and Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart. You can read more about his process for Bookjoy, Wordjoy on this blog post at Latinxs in Kid Lit.

Pat’s previous poetry collections for children are Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings, Confetti: Poems for Children, and This Big Sky.

Interior scene from Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Interior scene from Bookjoy, Wordjoy