Día Timeline

Evolving Día Timeline

2016
December 12, 2017

Happy 20th Anniversary to Día!

Happy 20 Dia!

Día partners helped to promote the 20th anniversary celebration through social media. Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal published interviews with founder Pat Mora. Celebrations large and small took place nationwide! The National Día Program Registry, managed by The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, reported 560 programs (from 40 states) entered for 2016, with an estimated 103, 635 participants! (The ALSC Registry reflects only those libraries who submit events to ALSC and is thus a partial estimate of Día April celebrations.)

April 27, 2016

Día’s 20th anniversary celebrated on Capitol Hill

ALSC President Andrew Medlar and Pat Mora.

ALSC’s Angela Hubbard, a Día Dynamo, organized a Capitol Celebration at which school children and their teachers joined Día partners Andrew Medlar, ALSC President, Día Dynamo Roxana Barillas of First Book and and Leslie Getzinger from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for a 20th anniversary Día celebration on Capitol Hill, complete with books, cake and lemonade. Senator Jack Reed (RI), Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ), and Congressman Mark Takano (CA) read to the children and encouraged them to be readers. More photos.

April 1, 2016

Día in Texas and New Mexico

Lone Star Dia

Thanks to the leadership of Día Dynamos Mark Smith, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archive Commission, and Pat Smith, Executive Director, Texas Library Association, Texas libraries celebrated Lone Star Día. Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, New Mexico State Librarian, and her team also promoted Día throughout New Mexico libraries.

February 1, 2016

First Book to judge the Estela and Raúl Mora Award

First Book

With the enthusiastic support of Roxana Barillas, Director of Hispanic Engagement, First Book will serve as judges for the 2016 Mora Awards.

January 20, 2016

20th Anniversary Día Videos for Sharing

Dia video

Día Dynamos Christy Vasquez, a retired librarian, and Thom Eberhardt, a retired screenwriter, created and filmed five video shorts to assist in promoting Día’s 20th Anniversary nationally.

January 1, 2016

Third edition of the Día planning booklet

2015
December 12, 2017

Second Día video

Second Día video

Día video with a recap of some 2014 and 2015 Día celebrations.

April 5, 2015

Día poem in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations

Dia poem from Poetry Fridays

Día partner Pomelo Books published The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations which includes Pat’s poem “Children’s Day, Book Day.”

2014
December 12, 2017

REFORMA and 15 years of the Mora Award

Mora Award

The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) completes its 15th year of judging the Estela and Raúl Mora Award. Committee chairs included Día Dynamos and Librarians Beatriz Pascual Wallace and Lupita Arroyo.

December 12, 2017

Día Family Book Club won USBBY Bridge to Understanding Award

USBBY logo

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) awarded the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award to ALSC’s Día Family Book Club, for introducing books about diverse cultures from around the world to children and families through a series of book discussions. USBBY has been a staunch Día supporter since 2000.

December 12, 2017

San Francisco Día

Dia San Francisco

Mora Award winner San Francisco Public Library partnered with local nonprofits to create their 15th annual Día celebration.

December 12, 2017

Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa

Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa

Thanks to the energy of Librarian and Día Dynamo Merri Monks, Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa began its statewide Día initiative which continues annually.

2013
December 12, 2017

Library of Congress: Día is Culturally Relevant

Library of Congress Best Practices

Día was recognized by the Library of Congress in its Literacy Awards Best Practices publication which reviews submissions made for its three awards and highlights exemplary practices implemented by programs that address illiteracy, aliteracy, or both, in the United States and globally.

March 1, 2013

2nd Edition of Día Planning Booklet

2nd edition of Dia planning booklet

The second edition of the Día Planning Booklet.

February 15, 2013

Día Family Book Club Debut

ALSC began the Día Family Book Club. Through shared discussion and reflection, families can explore themes and issues that matter and learn how to better help their child to enjoy and understand the importance of reading.

2012
June 30, 2012

First Día video

Dia video 2012

First video of 2012 Día celebrations.

April 30, 2012

Día Advocates A to Zing

Dia Advocates A-Zing!

Pat celebrated all Día advocates with a colorful poster!

December 12, 2017

Día Grants from the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature

CSMCL logo

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn began awarding an annual grant to a library with African-American focused Día programming.

December 12, 2017

Pat’s website welcomed Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors

ambassador badge

Published authors and illustrators added their voices to the importance of linking all children and young people to books, languages and cultures.

December 12, 2017

ALSC Día website revamped

ALA Dia

In preparation for 2012 Día celebrations, ALSC added additional content and reorganized its Día website with additional support from Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

2011
December 12, 2017

Día’s 15th anniversary

Día’s 15th anniversary

Librarians and Día Dynamos Lucia Gonzalez (FL), Jeanette Larson (TX), Oralia Garza de Cortés (TX), ALSC Past-President Cynthia Richey and Pat celebrated with cake at the annual ALA convention in New Orleans.

December 12, 2017

Día videos from ¡Colorín Colorado!

Colorin Colorado

Día Dynamo Lydia Breiseth, Manager at WETV’s ¡Colorín Colorado! created a series of videos with Pat about Día. Lydia creatively promotes literacy for Spanish-speaking families and connects them to Día.

December 12, 2017

Día mini-grants for libraries

ALSC worked with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support fifteen mini-grants of $4,000 or $6,000 for the expansion of Día in libraries that demonstrated a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities.

December 12, 2017

Día Planning Booklet arrives

Dia Nuggets

The first edition of Pat’s Día Planning Booklet “15 Día Nuggets for Día’s 15th Anniversary.”

December 12, 2017

Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día

Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día

ALSC published a book by librarian Jeanette Larson with a collection of Día programming ideas: El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día.

2010
December 12, 2017

Visual Día History

December 12, 2017

First Annual Díapalooza

Diapalooza

Pat’s Bookjoy blog celebrates Díapalooza, an every-day-in-April celebration on social media, for the first time.

February 1, 2010

Arte Público Press encouraged celebrations

Arte Publico

Arte Público Press issued a special book discount for the first time, to encourage libraries to include book sharing in their Día celebrations. Arte Público continues this fine tradition.

2009
December 12, 2017

Book Fiesta published

Book Fiesta

HarperCollins published Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day/Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros written by Pat and illustrated by Rafael López.

December 12, 2017

Flo Trujillo named first Día Dynamo

Flo Trujillo

Flo Trujillo, Youth Services Coordinator at the Farmington, New Mexico Public Library, inspired Pat to create the Día Dynamos.

2008
December 12, 2017

Día celebrated in nation’s Capitol

dia senate 2

Thanks to organizing by ALSC, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Ken Salazar and Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa and Mike Honda were joined by local children and Pat at the U.S. Capitol to honor Día.

December 12, 2017

Bookjoy blog launch

Bookjoy!

Pat launched the Bookjoy blog. The first post shared her upcoming Día travel schedule, with stops at the University of Southern Mississippi, Seattle Public Library, Multnomah County Library, and Riverside County Public Libraries.

December 12, 2017

Libraries invited to register Día events

Dora the Explorer Dia brochure

ALSC established a Día registry, inviting libraries to submit their events. Over 300 libraries in 38 states participated in 2008. (The ALSC Registry reflects only those libraries who submit events to ALSC and is thus a partial estimate of Día April celebrations.) Registrants received a total of about 68,000 complimentary bilingual brochures featuring Dora the Explorer and her friend, Boots.

December 12, 2017

Random House produced Día brochure

Random House brochure

Random House created a Día celebration guide for librarians with activities, book lists, bookmarks and organizational ideas.

2007
April 15, 2007

Expanded Día programs at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Charlotte Mecklenberg

Día Dynamo, Librarian Meryle Leonard and her colleagues at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has celebrated Día since 1998. In 2007, the Library expanded its promotion state-wide to include workshops and surveys for librarians and educators in North Carolina and state-wide webinar training. Over the years, NC Día was expanded from a small storytelling celebration to the impactful, community cultural celebration it is today.

December 12, 2017

Target supported Día

Target supported Día

Target supported ALSC’s Día efforts, enabling them to provide brochures and mini-grants to libraries for their Día celebrations.

February 15, 2007

Dr. Jaime Naidoo champions Día

Since 2007, through his enthusiastic presentations, conference organizing, published work, classes/workshops, and collaborative work with REFORMA and ALSC/ALA, Dr. Jaime Naidoo (AL) has increased and deepened knowledge about Día and its literacy relevance.

2006
December 12, 2017

Día’s 10th anniversary

Cake for Dia's 10th anniversary

ALSC President Ellen Fader, Pat, and REFORMA’S Oralia Garza de Cortes celebrate Día’s 10th anniversary with cake at the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio.

2005
March 15, 2005

Día Public Service Announcements available

ALSC invited Pat to record some Día Public Service Announcements to share, encouraging families to participate in Día celebrations.

February 1, 2005

NCTE resolution to support Día

NCTE logo

Día Dynamo Dr. Joseph Rodríguez co-wrote a Resolution in support of Día for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).