Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Día! El día de los niños – El día de los libros – Children’s Book Day

selection of books celebrating diversity

Día! is upon us! So, you’re reading this and thinking OMG, this is not so LOL when Día! is upon us!  Don’t panic!  There’s still time left to make this a meaningful Día!   Sure, you may have somehow missed out on REFORMA’s March 31st deadline for applying for its Día! grants, but with a little planning, and some great resources, you can do this! Do YOU Día? But, I hear you say, Jonathan, I’m not Hispanic and I don’t speak Spanish above the “hola me llamo [insert name]” level.  Let’s review what Día is all about! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of ALL linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  Thus, you see that it’s not just about Spanish speakers.  Indeed, I…

Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

All Are Welcome Here: Celebrating Global Diversity and Getting Involved with ALSC

All are welcome here! I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before. We seem to be using it more and more in an attempt to indicate that our library spaces are inclusive. Some recent children’s books proclaim “all are welcome here,” and feature a mosaic of diverse children and families. There is a song that goes one step further stating, “all are welcome here, as we are.” Lofty goals for any children’s librarian; but do we put those words into action in our services and programs? Do we REALLY mean that everyone is welcome as they are? Do we embrace one type of diversity in the library but overtly (or covertly) shun other types of diversity by using the excuse that X type of diversity cannot be understood by children or Y type of diversity is only in the name of being politically correct? In addition to thinking about welcoming all…

Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Global Children’s Libraries, Literacy, and Programs: ALSC On the Road in Athens, Greece

When Jella Lepman initiated the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), she did so for the purpose of creating a dynamic venue for the international exchange of ideas around children’s literature and literacy. Just a day ago, I returned from the 36th IBBY International Congress in Athens, Greece where ALSC Executive Director Aimee Strittmatter and I engaged with librarians, book creators, researchers, and educators from around the globe. With a theme of “East Meets West Around Children’s Books and Fairy Tales,” the congress was an amazing opportunity to learn about numerous children’s books and literacy programs from colleagues in Asia, Europe, and beyond. Día @ IBBY During the three-day conference, we shared a poster about ALSC’s Día initiative, describing the benefits for libraries and classrooms, numerous success stories, and plethora of online programming resources and book lists. The poster, which focused on promoting diversity, inclusion, and advocacy with Día,…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Hispanic Heritage Month Year-Round

Integrating Hispanic Heritage I’d been conducting storytime and other children’s programming for 18 years.  I felt like a veteran, or some kind of master.  In just one hour, my wife Marianne – who was born and raised in Puerto Rico – made me feel like I was only just beginning. For years I would start with a theme, pick out the books, make the puppet shows. And yet, how often did I reach for my Hispanic picture books?  Twice a year?  El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day, commonly known as Día) and Hispanic Heritage Month?  My wife showed me how to take a picture book or a story and build a theme from it – to reverse the storytime building process, and thereby integrate diverse materials into storytime – Every. Single Week. Hispanic/Latino Contributions So, I made a video.  It was all about the contributions…

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Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Join us in celebrating Día 2017!

Together with Día

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. Why Día? 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….

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Countdown to Día 2017!

Have you already started planning for this year’s Día celebrations?  El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is a celebration of children and reading across all language and cultures. While it is intended to be celebrated all year long, April 30 marks a special day of nationwide events.  ALSC has a number of resources ready to support your events, all available at dia.ala.org. Here are links to some of the great content found there: Fact Sheet: Learn about the history and goals of Día. Free Program Downloads: Explore resources including the publicity toolkit, web badges, coloring sheets, activity ideas, and booklists with groupings by grade on “Building STEAM with Día” and a “20 Years of Día.”  Don’t miss the special Book Day Cake recipe! Program Registry: Join the Día community by entering your event in the program registry. See what your colleagues are cooking-up and share your plans…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

2016 Día Booklists

ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee has developed two new booklists for this celebratory year of Día. The 2016 Building STEAM with Día Booklists continue the theme of identifying promising resources to supplement (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, the (A)rts, and (M)ath programming while reflecting a variety of cultures and languages. The 20 Years of Día: Share the Gift of Reading lists are a special tribute to encourage everyone to participate in the celebration of Día’s 20th anniversary. To help libraries and community members access these books as easily as possible, ALSC has collaborated with our Official Día Supporter, First Book, to identify which books are available through their First Book Marketplace. By registering with First Book, librarians and others serving children in areas of high poverty can access books at little or no cost. In addition to printed books, these titles may also be available as unlimited eBooks through the recently launched Open…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Día Turns 20 Capitol Hill Event

ALSC is heading to Washington, DC, to kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Día! Pat Mora, children’s book author and founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), will join ALSC President Andrew Medlar on Capitol Hill to bring national attention to the importance of connecting children and their families with books that embrace all languages and cultures. The Día Turns 20 Capitol Hill event takes place on Wednesday, April 27. Stay tuned to find out how you can celebrate the 20th anniversary of Día from your hometown on April 30! Visit dia.ala.org or follow #díaturns20 on social media for more information.