El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), often known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy and reading fun for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds through bilingual storytimes, family literacy fairs, community events, and other programs that encourage family reading and increased understanding of other cultures.
Since 1925, Mexico’s families have honored the importance of children in their culture through el día de los niños celebrations. Since 2005, ICfL has been supporting Día celebrations in Idaho libraries.
This year, Día will once again embrace its original roots as a Mexican celebration for children – the day of the child. Both the hardcover and paperback books offered as program resources to participating libraries will have a mostly Hispanic focus, with 50% of the titles being offered as bilingual (English/Spanish). A smaller portion of a variety of multicultural paperback books will also be supplied. The online resources, provided below, will have a Hispanic/Latino focus.
NOTE: Libraries wanting to offer a Día celebration this is more multicultural in focus can apply during the same timeframe for multicultural book support through ICfL’s Year-Round Underserved.
The two hardcover titles being provided for 20 participating Dia libraries this year are:
Book 1: Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hernandez’s birth. Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Book 2: Esquivel! – Space-Age Sound Artist, a related title about another Mexican artist and a Pura Belpre Medal 2017 Illustrator Honor Book. Written by Susan Wood and also illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Participating libraries agree to:
- Host at least one culturally relevant event celebrating Dia during the month of April which reaches out to children and families who are typically not library users.
- Identify and work alongside at least one community partner to help promote, host and/or implement the program.
- Submit a final program report to ICfL (by May 30th) including: summary of event/program hosted, name of partner/s and role, number of children and adults participating in event.
- Share library program information and help families register for library cards if they do not have one already.
ICfL will provide the following resources to participating libraries:
- Newly published, culturally relevant hardcover children’s books (2)
- Hispanic culture and multicultural paperback books in English or Bilingual (Eng-Span). Generally for preK – 6th grade. (Quantity varies)
- Program ideas, related art lessons, recommended booklists, presenter/preformer ideas, and links to national resources:
Questions? Contact Read To Me Project Coordinator, Kristina Taylor, at
(208) 334-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.