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24th Children’s Day, Book Day

Our yearlong initiative continues. This April, let’s enjoy family celebrations reading AND writing books.

Children’s Day, Book Day Supporters
Children’s Day, Book Day Supporters

These national and state organizations and publishers actively support Children’s Day, Book Day, a yearlong initiative with culminating celebrations across the country on April 30th.

Bravo, El Paso!
Bravo, El Paso!

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Día celebrations–and El Paso Public Library hasn’t missed one! Their festivities routinely draw 20-30,000 attendees, giving away up to 30,000 books to children who might not otherwise have a book of their own.

Educator destination: Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson

Find Día lesson plans on the American Federation of Teacher’s Share My Lesson website.

Children’s Day, Book Day Flyer
Children's Day, Book Day

With the help of First Book, Pat created a customizable flyer for Día partners to use, encouraging others to plan April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations.

A New Día Video for Sharing
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Pat made a new Día video to help partners quickly understand what Día is about.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

20th Anniversary Día Videos for Sharing
20th Anniversary Día Videos for Sharing

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.

Second Día video
Second Día video

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

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.”

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.

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.

San Francisco Día
Dia San Francisco

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

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.

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.

2nd Edition of Día Planning Booklet
2nd edition of Dia planning booklet

The second edition of the Día Planning Booklet.

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.

First Día video
Dia video 2012

First video of 2012 Día celebrations.

Día Advocates A to Zing
Dia Advocates A-Zing!

Pat celebrated all Día advocates with a colorful poster!

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.

Pat’s website welcomed Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors
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Published authors and illustrators added their voices to the importance of linking all children and young people to books, languages and cultures.

ALSC Día website revamped

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

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.

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.

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.

Día Planning Booklet arrives
Dia Nuggets

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

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.

First Annual Díapalooza

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

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.

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.

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.

Día celebrated in nation’s Capitol
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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.

Bookjoy blog launch

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.