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.