Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading, held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating for literacy for every child, regardless of linguistic and cultural background. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) increases public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country. ALSC is collaborating on this effort with the founding partner of Día, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA). Download free event materials and join the celebration!
Plus: Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and wellbeing of children. In 1996 children’s book author Pat Mora linked the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Her Bookjoy blog is a helpful source of inspiration and support for literacy initiatives.
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in North America. Those in the path of totality-parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina—will see the moon completely eclipse the sun. Observers in the rest of the contiguous United States will see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse is a perfect teachable moment for students. Whether you plan to watch live with your students or plan lessons around the eclipse, here are a few resources for teaching about the solar eclipse.
A free browser-based game called Factitious helps middle school and high school students distinguish between fake news and real journalism. Players indicate if they think an article is fake, or if they believe it is real.
Philosophy and Children’s Literature, a website created by the Center for Philosophy for Children at University of Washington, provides literature lesson plans for more than 100 children’s books geared toward elementary-school-aged students