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Dan & Kay Moore
Dan & Kay Moore
Thom Eberhardt & Christy Vasquez
Thom Eberhardt & Christy Vasquez

Día's 20th Anniversary and New Día Dynamos

November: the month for giving thanks. We are excited that First Book will be coordinating the Mora Award as part of our 20th Anniversary next April, grateful to ALSC for its consistent Día work, and to our creative and persistent Día Dynamos. Gracias! This month, we're especially grateful to two couples, our new Dynamo Couples, who have invested in our upcoming 20th celebration.

Dr. Dan Moore (Vice President-Programs Retired, W.K. Kellogg Foundation) and Dr. Kay Moore (Dean and Professor Emerita, North Carolina State University, Retired) are both long-time Día supporters.

Christy Vasquez, a retired librarian, and Thom Eberhardt, a retired screenwriter, first heard about Día a few months ago. To assist in promoting Día's 20th Anniversary nationally, they created and filmed wonderful short Día video spots that visually convey bookjoy. Look for the spots in January on

Holiday books from Pat Mora

Holiday Bookjoy!
Sample these books as you consider holiday gift books for family and friends, and to donate to schools, libraries, and community centers.

Straight from the heart of a child flows this lighthearted bilingual celebration of family, friendship, and fun. Come share the joy and think about all life's little pleasures for which we can say, "¡Gracias! Thanks!" (Also available in audio.)

Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sprouting and Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! Brotes de las Américas
Enjoy a luscious collection of haiku celebrating foods native to the Americas. Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries. (Available in Spanish, English and audio editions.)

The Gift of the Poinsettia: El regalo de la flor de nochebuena
As he participates in the festivities of Las Posadas, preparing for the birth of Christ, a young Mexican boy worries about what gift he will have for the Christ Child.

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
A festive Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" populated with piñatas in place of partridges, as well as burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons) and much more, all displayed in wonderful, vivid colors.

The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería
In this colorful bilingual picture book, Mónica yearns to be a baker like her grandparents. Her first real test comes as she and her beloved grandparents prepare for the coming celebration of January sixth, Feast of the Three Kings, el Día de los Reyes Magos.

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe
La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12! One of Mexico's most-loved stories is told as a story-within-a-story, making it more accessible to children and framing it within a contemporary celebration of the "special" day.

Explore curriculum activities and classroom ideas for these holiday titles as well as for all of Pat's books.

Illustration from Yum by Pat Mora Illustration by Rafael López from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings.

A Thanksgiving Message from Pat

Holidays are a time for gratitude, friends, family--and good food! Thanks to each of you who creatively promotes bookjoy and Día throughout the year and who shares bookjoy with more and more children and families. Together, let's make Día a national tradition.