It’s important to note that Día, created by author and poet Pat Mora, with initial support from REFORMA in 1997 and later with the additional support of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), libraries, institutions and corporate backing, has, from it’s inception, adopted the motto:
“Día! Today and Every Day of the Year.”
So why April 30? In 1996 Pat Mora learned about the International Children’s Day and that many Latin American countries celebrated this day on April 30. The first Día event was held on April 30, 1997.
Día is now a nation-wide event, with activities and celebrations around the month of April and May, many taking place on April 30.
To learn more about Día, visit the official website at http://dia.ala.org. There you will also find great tools such as this Día Family Book Club Toolkit and this list of free webinars on how to incorporate Día in your community.
If you’d like to learn more about upcoming and established Latino Children’s book authors, check out this great month-long blog hop event that our friends at Latinas 4 Latino Literature hosted.