Children’s Day, Book Day, nickname Día, is an annual April celebration of all our children and of the importance of connecting them to the joy of reading. Known in Spanish as El día de los niños, el día de los libros, this year-long commitment to creatively working with children and families, was founded by author Pat Mora who works with national organizations such as AFT, First Book, and the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. As we annually celebrate moms in May and dads in June, join us in annually celebrating children and exciting them about bookjoy in April.
Día is a year-long commitment to celebrating all our children and to motivating them and their families to be readers, essential in our democracy. Culminating on April 30th, Dia celebrations can be used to unite communities and can be held anywhere, such as in libraries, schools, homes, parks. Many national organizations have integrated Día into their efforts to promote literacy and celebrating diversity through reading including the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, REFORMA, First Book and the American Federation of Teachers.
We encourage families, educators, librarians and community leaders to use Dia to hold celebrations of your own and help to grow a nation of readers. Feel free to use these resources below to help you plan Dia events.