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….

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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 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 or follow #díaturns20 on social media for more information.

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Partnering Through StoryWalks®

Looking for a project to generate new partnerships? How about a StoryWalk®? These deconstructed picture books, assembled page by page, onto signs along walking paths are ideal outreach activities. StoryWalk®, first developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, promote literacy, a healthy lifestyle and so much more. Signage provides space for partner recognition on each page, too. For a permanent StoryWalk® installation, partnering with local government and parks and recreation departments are a good starting point. Prepare to speak about your project at a council meeting to gain support and funding. If the installation will be at a local park, the parks and recreation office will be key in maintenance of the project. These departments may have a website to help promote the project as well. StoryWalk® is flexible and mobile, too. Stakes or yard signs can be used to create temporary installations of a StoryWalk® project, suitable for festivals,…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

The 20th Anniversary of Día!

Celebrate children, diversity, books and community! El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Día, is celebrating its 20th year and you’re invited to the celebration. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. You can register and promote your Día program, whether it is hosted at the library or a partner organization.  Now is the time! Current resources include: Book lists Planning tools Coloring sheets Activity sheets Publicity tools Share your successes using the hashtag #diaturns20 and check out the Día site.