El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros

calendar_20716_dia-de-los-ninos_160wDía 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.”  On April 30, 1997, the first annual Día celebrations were held in cities including Tucson, El Paso, and Austin.

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros is supported by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, an ALA affiliate that provides library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community, and First Book.

NCTE is honored to be an official supporter of Día. In 2005 NCTE members attending the Annual Business Meeting during the Annual Convention passed the NCTE Resolution on El día de los niños/El día de los libros.

For ideas for celebrating El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, visit Pat Mora’s website, the American Library Association website, or the ReadWriteThink.org calendar entry.

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About Lisa Fink

Lisa Storm Fink is the Project Manager for ReadWriteThink at NCTE. After teaching grades K-4 for almost 9 years, she brought her varied experiences (multi-age classrooms, looping, cooperating teacher for preservice teachers, plus a specialization in Remedial Reading) fulltime to the ReadWriteThink site. Lisa feels lucky to have worked on all parts of the ReadWriteThink site as a writer and reviewer, curriculum developer, and now as Project Manager. She enjoys sharing the site with others during professional development opportunities as well as with her preservice students at the University of Illinois.

One thought on “El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros

  1. Everybody is “diverse” in some way, though some of us more obviously than others. DIA celebrates diverse kids enjoying the mind expanding impact of diverse books. What a wonderful thing to recognize and embrace!

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