by Adriana Dominguez
I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, after all, ALSC is the official sponsor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)! But, as editor of Rayo’s children’s division, and an avid supporter of “Día” as it’s commonly called, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the wonderful new developments surrounding this wonderful celebration in 2008. As a member of both the American Association of Publisher’s PLVA (Publishing Latino Voices for America) Committee and ALSC, I am thrilled about the new partnership that has been established between these two noble organizations to create the first ever El día de los niños/El día de los libros list of recommended titles to be distributed to all of AAP’s outlets. You can learn more about the list from the press release found here: http://www.publishers.org/main/PressCenter/DiaPressRelease.htm, which also includes a link to the list itself. The list is a result of a collaboration between publishers to make it easier for booksellers and everyone else interested in Latino books to find exactly what they need for their Día celebrations on April 30th, and throughout the rest of the year. Use it, tell your colleagues about it, and hopefully we can have another one next year! Rayo is also producing its yearly El día de los niños/El día de los libros poster. This year’s poster features the cover of the Spanish language edition of Kevin Henkes’ LILLY’S BIG DAY (El gran día de Lily). Stop by the Harper booth at PLA or TLA and get your own copy! Founded by author Pat Mora, and now housed at ALSC, El día de los niños gives us all a wonderful excuse to celebrate children and books, and to promote Latino literacy. Celebrate Día on April 30th! You don’t need a lot to put together a Día celebration. ALSC’s own Día website (http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/diadelosninos/diadelosninos.cfm) has many ideas and resources that you can use. It is a pleasure to witness Día’s growth each year, and I know that together, we can make it even bigger! ¡Feliz día de los niños y los libros!