Celebrating Día in the Santa Fe Public Schools

Santa Fe Public SchoolsPat will be spending today visiting elementary schools as part of a district-wide Children’s Day, Book Day celebration in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

Each school will celebrate with their own choice of fun and engaging activities, including:

  • A school-wide outdoor reading celebration where families are encouraged to attend
  • Students dressing up as their favorite book characters
  • One school principal will read his favorite book to the school during morning announcements
  • Book buddies will be sharing their favorite books with each other
  • A story museum, where each class will have a table featuring their favorite book
  • A play performed by teachers for students
  • Book giveaways
  • A school-wide hour where students will drop everything and read

Here’s hoping this idea will spread to other school districts across the country!
Santa Fe Public Schools

Children’s Book Week: 99 Years of Sharing Bookjoy

Next week is Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, it has been going strong for 99 years! Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes–wherever young readers and books connect! On their resource website you can download free bookmarks, activities, event kits & more for your Children’s Book Week–and Día–celebrations.

Children's Book Week

Diapalooza 2018

A Poem for Earth Day

Annually during Díapalooza, we remember that we all need to be good stewards of the beauty on our planet: www.earthday.org.

Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge
             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
in the hush of this greenless forest
shining up to the gray clump of salt cedar
          to black swords of mesquite
          to the grace of grasses, yellow, rust

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
to strange chirps and chatters
to strange birds with necks that flow and flow
Canadian geese, sandhill cranes
stirring the air, stirring the air

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them shining
in pools, in the mallard’s green shimmer
in the startled          FLAP
filling the blue with a whirl white
                         silent, vast
then dip of black tip
                       snow geese, snow geese

             if the earth’s old bones smile
I hear them
shining in the white of the majestic crane
the great Whoop
white neck flowing, flowing
into desert grasses
white flowing
into the smile of old bones.

© Pat Mora; poem from Communion

Diapalooza 2018

Children’s Day, Book Day Super States: Texas and California

In 1997, the first annual Día celebrations were held in cities including El Paso and Austin. Texas has continued to support Día with celebrations in many places, and California is not far behind! Here’s what’s happening in 2018:

El Paso
This year mark’s El Paso Public Library’s 22nd Día celebration! Held on Saturday, April 28 in Washington Park from 10-4, the festivities routinely draw 20-30,000 attendees, giving away up to 30,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a book of their own. Follow them on Facebook.
El Paso Dia 2018

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Both organizations are involved Children’s Day, Book Day partners, encouraging libraries statewide to participate in Día through their newsletters, social media and the Lone Star Día website. This year, the Texas Center for the Book gave grants of $200 to assist Texas libraries who serve children in need in planning their celebrations.

Día San Francisco
San Francisco’s first Día celebration was in 1999 and each year the event grows in attendance and collaboration. Past celebrations have attracted over 800 children and their families who enjoy diverse performance groups, storytellers, literacy-related family activities, and the SFPL Bookmobile as well as the new mobile Librotero, a mobile book giveaway cart–instead of paletas, families choose libros to take home. This year’s celebration is on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1-4 with books, bubbles, dancing and hula hoops! Visit San Francisco’s official Día page or follow them on Facebook.

Yolo County Library (CA)
Yolo County celebrates Día in all of their branches! Children who attend these events will receive a free book and can participate in educational activities, watch a special performance, and listen to a story time program. Parents and caregivers will find helpful local resources from community organizations. Find out more.

Santa Ana
The City of Sanata Ana will hold their 10th annual Día celebration on Saturday, April 21. Watch a video from their 2017 celebration:

Santa Ana 2018

Diapalooza 2018

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!


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

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