Celebrate Diverse Readers on March 2, Read Across America Day

The National Education Association’s Read Across America is a year-round program that focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. This year’s theme is “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.”

To celebrate, the NEA is inviting educators, parents, students, and supporters to share which childhood book meant the most to them with a #shelfie: Take a picture with the book (or bookshelf) of your choice and post your “shelfie” on social media using the #shelfie and #ReadAcrossAmerica hashtags. See some #shelfie examples.

Read Across America 2018

Communion: Poetry That Resonates

CommunionPublished in 1991, Pat’s third collection of poetry, Communion, resonates today as it provides a healing voice and an international perspective in considering the art of poetry itself, male/female relationships, separation from children, homeland and tradition. The concerns of our domestic culture in the U.S. are seen here from within the framework of the Third World in Asia and Latin America.

"Mora’s collection is aptly titled: her poems often reveal a communion of sorts between poet and subject that inspires the poet’s empathetic, imaginative response."—Betsy Colquitt, Texas Review of Books

"This collection is rich, spirited and promising, and it makes me want to read more of her work."—Hurricane Alice, A Feminist Review

Listen to this 1988 recording from VOCA, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Audio Video Library, as Pat reads some of the poems from Communion as well as from Chants (1984), Borders (1986) and Agua Santa: Holy Water (1997).

Happy 10th Anniversary to
Mi Familia!

My Family * Mi familia

2018: 10th anniversaryIn this series, readers meet the Rosas family: Isabel, Tina, Danny, Mom, Dad, and Abuelita. They meet the family’s dog, Tico, and the family’s new kitty too. The books depict children’s daily activities: a family meal, chasing a kitten, bedtime, and a boy’s mischief. Pat is grateful to HarperCollins, publishers of this series in 2008.

Pat provides some background on the My Family/Mi Familia series and talks about the difficulty of selling bilingual books. Video recorded in 2010 and provided by WETV’s ¡Colorín Colorado!:

Diversity & Inclusion: The Stories for All Project™

Please join us in celebrating this new program from Children’s Day, Book Day partner First Book. With the Stories for All Project™, First Book will be providing an evolving group of diversity and inclusion resources, ensuring that all children have access to books that serve as both windows and mirrors.

This month’s resources include a free webinar on using children’s books to teach diversity and inclusion, and titles to celebrate Black History month. Learn more.

Stories for All Project

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.