Texas Center for the Book is Offering Día Grants

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is excited to offer $200 grants for First Book’s marketplace to help Texas libraries celebrate Lone Star Día this April.

Lone Star Día is the Texas celebration of Children’s Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros, and the funds are intended to encourage libraries to host Día celebrations in April 2018.

Grants will be awarded as a $200 credit to libraries to use as payment towards books they select from the First Book Marketplace, which offers a wide array of diverse titles for children. The grants are made possible by the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Grants will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information and the application visit: www.tsl.texas.gov/lonestardia.

Lone Star Dia

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Is Planning Underway for Your April Celebration?

We hope you’re going to join us for the 22nd anniversary of Children’s Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Día)!

Our Planning Booklet can help, whether you are planning your first celebration or your 22nd. Here are some resources you’ll find inside:

    Dia Planning Booklet

  • Planning Checklist for April Día Celebrations
  • Funders and Partners
  • Día’s Full Name in Different Languages
  • Places to Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day
  • Literacy-Focused Craft Ideas
  • Children’s Day, Book Day Literacy Games
  • Literacy-focused Programming I-Días
  • Families As Children’s Day, Book Day Partners
  • and more!

Download/print the Planning Booklet. And please do email us and share the news of what you’re planning.

Welcome a New Día Dynamo!

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn is a retired District Supervising Librarian in Library Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District with over 34 years’ experience. A literacy dynamo, she is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) in CA. In 2011, Claudette created the CSMCL Día Grant with an African America Focus. Funded by CSMCL in partnership with the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), the initiative rewards successful Día activities by libraries in communities across the country who engage in creative and innovative programming of multicultural literature about the African American experience for children and young adults. Outstanding winning libraries of this nationwide competition are awarded $500 in selected multicultural books.

DACA: They are Home

I am so proud of my niece, clinical psychologist Dr. Monica Rosas-Baines. Her sign They are Home, illustrates the power of words. How can we all work together to create a just and compassionate country of which we can all be proud–again?

They are home

Help us celebrate these book anniversaries in 2018!

2018 book anniversariesWe’re celebrating some meaningful publication anniversaries of Pat’s books in 2018–won’t you join us?

10 years

Join Hands! The Ways We Celebrate Life

Kitty, Kitty/¡Ven gatita, ven!

Let’s Eat ¡A comer!

Sweet Dreams ¡Dulces sueños!
10th anniversary books20 years
Delicious Hullabaloo/Pachanga deliciosa

This Big Sky
20th anniversary25 years
Nepantla: Essays from the Land in the Middle
25th anniversary

Congratulations to My Friends John Parra and Monica Brown

Frida Kahlo and Her AnimalitosHow pleased I was to see work by my friends illustrator John Parra and author Monica Brown honored by the New York Times as among the Best Illustrated Books of 2017. How clever of Monica to select world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her menagerie as a subject for a children’s book, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. The Times wrote, “With their folk-art sensibility, Parra’s elegant acrylic paintings evoke Kahlo’s style, her palette and her Mexican environment, but he creates a mood of harmony with the natural world and a lively, cheerful abundance all his own.”

Bravo John and Monica!