What’s Día?

Día

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

Children’s Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, el día de los libros, often known as Día, (day in Spanish) is a year-long commitment to linking children and families to books. A collaboration of national literacy organizations, presses and readers, Día creatively celebrates all our children, the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives, and promotes culminating April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations that unite communities. April book fiestas are held in libraries, schools, homes, parks, etc., often near April 30th.

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

I was enthusiastically assisted to start this family literacy initiative by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has also been an active partner. A new, enthusiastic national partner is First Book.

Join us and the list of partners below!

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Día Partners:  Celebrating  All  Children  and  Sharing  Bookjoy

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

First Organizational Partners:

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

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. Sign up at www.firstbook.org/latino.

Watch this video of Día events from 2012: