April Is the Perfect Month To Have a Book Fiesta!

Book FiestaParents: plan a gathering for family and friends. You can select a book for the party theme, plan some games and activities, and prepare a feast–but don’t forget to #ShareBookjoy at the party!

Teachers: Decorate school hallways and classroom doors with multicultural book covers, share poetry with The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations and pair readers of different age levels for read-alouds.

Librarians: Launch your Summer Reading Program with books that honor America’s many cultures and languages, have a book parade–invite children to dress as their favorite characters and create a display of bookjoy quotes from authors and patrons.

Don’t forget to share Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day, Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros!

Book Fiesta

Illustration by Rafael Lopez from Book Fiesta!


Hats Off to Librarians in April!

Diapalooza 2018Librarians are important Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) advocates and April give us a chance to celebrate them all month long.

School Library MonthApril is School Library Month, the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library.

April 8-14 is National Library Week. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the celebration with the theme Libraries Lead.

April 10 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

April 11 is National Bookmobile Day, celebrating our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. (Bookmobiles are a great place to have a Día celebration!)

Photos courtesy of Rural Bookmobile Northeast/New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Photo courtesy of Rural Bookmobile Northeast/New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.[/

Celebrate National Poetry Month Online and On the Street

April is National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. It’s a great month to share poetry and to #ShareBookjoy!
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The Best American Poetry 2017 blog shared Pat’s poem Metamórfosis as part of a partnership between the blog and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS).

At No Water River: The Children’s Poetry Place, poet Renee LaTulippe is posting a poem/prompt daily from a different poet and inviting readers to write a poem on that particular theme. She is sharing Pat’s poem “One Blue Door” on April 6!

at the poetry mailboxHave you heard about Poetry Boxes? Similar to the Little Free Libraries, they help share poetry in unexpected places! Here are two young poets in Tucson investigating a Poetry Mailbox–and one of them sat down and wrote a poem on the spot to contribute.

At First Book, Now is the Perfect Time to Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day

Diapalooza 2018First Book continues to be an active Día partner, supporting and promoting Children’s Day, Book Day by working within their own network and partnering with other organizations. They administer the Estela and Raúl Mora Award annually and their website provides many great resources to help you #ShareBookjoy:

Gracias to Roxana Barillas and Melanie Boyer at First Book for help with the design of this customiz-able flyer. Add your organization’s logo bottom left and share broadly!

ALSC will #ShareBookjoy for Día 2018

ALSC DIAThe Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) provides many Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) resources on their website, including their National Día; Program Registry, where you can enter your celebration details and use a customized event page link to promote your celebration.

Other resources:

During April, ALSC will share news and information about Día 2018 using the hashtags #diatogether, #STEAMwithDia and #sharebookjoy. Join them on social media with your own celebrations.

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