El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is an annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día takes place every year on April 30 in community centers, libraries, and schools. Look up your local Día event here.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Día. To celebrate, we interviewed Día founder, award-winning children’s book author, and 2015 Texas Book Festival Texas Writer Award recipient Pat Mora.
Why do you think Día is so important?
Reading is both fun and powerful. We know that our children need to be active readers by third grade, and I believe promoting children and books throughout the year and annually planning April Día celebrations grows our community of young readers. Annually celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day at your campus, library, school, day-care center, home.
I’m excited at how Día has grown and is growing, but we have a long way to go. My dream is that as we annually celebrate Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, we will across this nation annually celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day.
Día means day and reminds us of the daily-ness of our commitment; it’s also used as an acronym for Diversity in Action. Daily on our campuses, libraries, schools, day-care centers, homes, I hope we’re celebrating all our children and linking them to bookjoy. Culminating celebrations are held in April. Let’s Read!
What is the best way for families and communities to participate and promote Día?
We have a downloadable booklet full of ideas, http://www.patmora.com/dia-planning-booklet/. Together, let’s all be readers and share bookjoy!