What’s Día?

Día

El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day
April 30th and every day of the year

Día means “day” in Spanish. In 1996, author Pat Mora learned about the Mexican tradition of celebrating April 30th as El día del niño, the day of the child. Pat thought, “We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Yes! We need kids’ day too, but I want to connect all children with bookjoy, the pleasure of reading.”

Pat was enthusiastically assisted to start this community-based, family literacy initiative by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day, also known as Día, is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures, day by day, día por día. Many resources and an annual registry are available at the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Every year, across the country, libraries, schools, and community organizations, etc. plan culminating book fiestas creating April Children's Day, Book Day celebrations that unite communities.
Join us!

Día Partners

Children's Day/Book Day welcomes partners to expand its impact. Public library systems, state libraries, school districts, universities and colleges, national organizations, publishers, and the media become partners by agreeing to:
1. Promote reading and creative literacy activities to diverse children and families day by day, dia por dia, throughout the year
2. Promote and/or plan annual April Children's Day, Book Day celebrations
Día Partners Commitment Form

Celebrating  All  Children  and  Sharing  Bookjoy

ALA, ALSC's Día page - Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
REFORMA - National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking


Arte Público Press
Center for the Study of Multicultural
    Children’s Literature (CA)

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC)
¡Colorín Colorado! (WETA)
First Book
HarperCollins
Latinas for Latino Lit
National Association of Bilingual
    Education (NABE)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Reading Rockets (WETA)
State Library of Iowa
TeachingBooks.net
Texas Library Association (TLA)
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
United States Board on Books
    for Young People (USBBY)

Utah State Library

If you are serving kids in need, sign up with First Book to get free or low-cost books. If you are an educator, librarian or program administrator, and at least 70 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, you qualify to sign up. For a limited time, First Book is able to offer funding to make books from our new Latino Culture collection even more affordable. Sign up at www.firstbook.org/latino.

Watch this video of Día events from 2012: