Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros: Today and Every Day of the Year!

ManyChildrenToday April 30, is an important day during the year-long effort to make every day a celebration of literacy, books and reading.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 as a result of the first “World Conference for the Well Being of Children” in Geneva, Switzerland. Often times Día, as it’s affectionately referred to by supporters, is mistakenly thought of as being a one day event taking place on April 30. However, this date is the culmination of a year-long commitment to celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

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.


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