El Día de los Niño/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) commonly known as Día, is an everyday celebration of children, families, and reading that happens every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
-Celebrate and connect children 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
This year marks their 25th year.
Día is an amplification of Children’s Day which is a celebration that took place in 1925 as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and other Latin American countries choosing April 30. In March 1996, the author Pat Mora proposed linking Children’s Day with literacy and bilingualism, creating a new holiday: El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros. On April 30, 1997 the first El Día de los Niños/el Día de los Libros celebrations were held in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.
Promoters of Día wanted to make sure that literacy, books and reading were not relegated to a single day, so they adopted the motto “Día! Today and Every Day of the Year.” Here are some ways you can celebrate:
Read a bilingual book from our collection!
And make sure to look out for fun virtual events hosted by the library during the week of April 26. Look out for a tutorial on paletas, a bilingual storytime and more!