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Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)!

calendar_20716_dia-de-los-ninos_160wEl día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  The ALSC shares some ideas for ideas for celebrating the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Here they are, paired with resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org.

Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.

Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

  • This article presents the concept of heritage literacy, a decision-making process by which people adopt, adapt, or alienate themselves from tools and literacies passed on between generations of people.
  • Exploring Heritage: Finding Windows into Our Lives” details how eighth-grade students create memoirs after investigating family members’ stories, values, and culture.

For additional 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.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Children’s Day/Book Day

“I want to connect all children with bookjoy, the pleasure of reading.” ~ Pat Mora

calendar_20716_dia-de-los-ninos_160wEl día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), developed under the leadership of author Pat Mora, is an April event that focuses on the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures. Día is celebrated on April 30th and this year is the 20th anniversary!

Pat Mora coined the term “bookjoy” to refer to the love of reading, as described in this Council Chronicle article. On her site, Mora provides suggestions for growing a nation of readers and creating bookjoy. Here’s a sampling of those ideas, complemented by resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org:

  • Familiarize children with books. In this video, you will see excerpts of an adult demonstrating the Before, During, and After strategy with a young reader. The child in this video is already familiar with the book, but watch for the signs of interest and engagement, even on a repeat reading.
  • Enjoy daily conversations to build vocabulary. One way to help early readers begin to make sense of what they’re reading is to help them build their vocabulary. In this Tip, learn how to ask questions and have conversations with a child to integrate new words into his/her vocabulary.
  • Develop the habit of daily book time. “Drop Everything and Read!” This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit.
  • Celebrate Kids and Books Day!