Celebrate Dia April 30th!

Posted April 11th, 2013 by Jen Bryant

Dia BookletApril 30th marks the 17th anniversary of Dia, begun in 1996 by author Pat Mora as El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, to promote “bookjoy,” the pleasure of reading, to all children. As Pat says in her free, downloadable planning booklet, “Dia is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages, and cultures with annual, culminating celebrations in April.”

The booklet offers a list of books about sharing bookjoy, including Amadi’s Snowman by Katia Novet Saint-Lot, illustrated by Dimitrea Tokunbo; A Library for Juana: the World of Sor Juana Inés by Pat Mora, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal; and Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra.

Día is now housed at the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The booklet contains suggestions for library programs, as well as outreach to families for educators and library specialists. You might incorporate National Poetry Month (yay!), National Library Week, or Earth Day into your Dia celebration. You might connect with PAWS to Read or Raising a Reader or Reading is Fundamental (RIF).

You’ll find 15 literacy-focused programming ideas, 15 literacy games, 15 Dia quotes, and 15 resource individuals you can contact for further inspiration.

Book Fiesta!Do you have Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day (Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros),  illustrated by Rafael López, in your classroom, school, or public library? Pat Mora wrote this joyous bilingual book. You’ll find it useful not only for celebrating Dia but for talking about books and bookjoy all year long. 

Fortune of Carmen NavarroMy own book, The Fortune of Carmen Navarro, is a love story for grades 7 and up, based on the opera Carmen, about Carmen Navarro, a clerk at the Quikmart with dreams of landing a recording contract. A young West Point cadet notices her. A romance begins, unlikely, passionate … and quickly imbalanced. In an enthralling narrative of obsessive love, the novel builds to a stunning close.

I am honored to be an ambassador for Dia. I hope you will join us in this growing movement to celebrate bookjoy all year long, with a special celebration on Dia, April 30th.

Dia Ambassador

One Person has left comments on this post

» Laurina Cashin said: { Apr 11, 2013 - 03:04:35 }

Thanks for writing about Dia and particularly the resources.


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