Día (El día de los niños, El día de los libros), the national literacy initiative, is celebrated throughout the year and culminates on April 30. On and around April 30, libraries, schools, communities, and families around the country will celebrate by connecting children with diverse books and programs. Since 1996, when nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and literacy as an expansion of Children’s Day, Día celebrations have continued to grow.
Children depend on adults to help them understand the world around them. Now, more than ever, it is important to teach children how to learn about the cultures and languages of others. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of doing this is through the sharing of books.
Through Día, libraries work to…
• 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.
How will you celebrate this year?
Need ideas for your program? We’ve got you covered with book lists, planning tools, coloring and activity sheets, promotion materials, and more. Visit the Día website and click on the “Free Program Downloads” tab to find all the materials you need to start planning your celebration.
Find out how others across the country are celebrating by using the interactive program map.
Bring your community together with Día!