Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day/ Celebramos El día de los Ninos, El día de los Libros
  • 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book
  • 2010 CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Center)
  • 2010 Américas Commended List
  • 2010 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Medal Book
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Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day (Arabic)

Also available in Arabic
Arabic edition published by
Kalimat Publishing & Distribution, 9789948160755

10th anniversary 2019

Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day
Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros

HarperCollins/Rayo, illustrated by Rafael López
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A Junior Library Guild Selection
Now available in paperback!

"Hooray! Today is our day, ¡El día de los niños!"
"¡Viva! Hoy es nuestro día. El día de los niños!"

So begins this bilingual celebration to read and share throughout the year and certainly on or near April 30th. I'm thrilled to have a second book illustrated by the talented Rafael López. Such an inventive imagination. See children and families from varied languages and cultures enjoy reading--even in a hot air balloon. The words can be sung or used for choral reading. The book includes an author note about Día and suggested activities for celebrating Día at home, school, libraries, etc. Read all about Book Fiesta's history and Día's First Song.

Highlighted Reviews
"How very appropriate that the first trade book about Children's Day/Book Day should be enthusiastically penned by the founder of this holiday, celebrated annually since 1996 on April 30, the same date as Mexico's Day of the Child. This call to arms for connecting kids and books exhorts everyone to read and have fun in whatever language and locale they choose: "Hooray! Today is our day. ¡El día de los niños! Let's have fun today reading our favorite books. Toon! Toon!" The straightforward, bilingual text in Spanish and English is beautifully illustrated in bright, bold, acrylic paintings that integrate books and letters into timeless scenes of multicultural children cavorting, exploring, and, of course, reading. Turn to the back of the book for more on Mora's inspirations and suggestions for celebrating children's literacy in your own community, and include this book in displays and read-alouds along with Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's Wild about Books (2004) and Born to Read (2008) to make every day un día de los libros."—Booklist

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Book Fiesta Read poster

Read poster created by the
Durham, NC County Library.

Book-a-Mania poster

Poster for Book-a-Mania 2009, Chicago Public Library