…is April 30! Also known as El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (or simply, as ‘El Día’), this celebration has its roots in a Mexican holiday based on the 1925 Geneva Declaration Protecting Children. Poet and writer Pat Mora linked the Mexican version of Children’s Day with literacy skills–fundamental to a child’s well being.
On April 30, 1997, the first annual El Día de los ninos/El Día de los libros, was celebrated.
The goals of this special Children’s Day/Book Day include a daily commitment to:
1. Honor children and childhood,
2. Promote literacy, the importance of linking all children to books, languages and cultures,
3. Honor home languages and cultures, and foster global understanding through reading,
4. Involve parents as valued members of the literacy team,
5. Promote library collection development that reflects our plurality.
SJCPL has a strong commitment to early and sustained literacy for everyone in the community. It’s what we love to do.
Celebremos! Hoy es nuestro dia! Nos vamos a divertir con nuestros libros favoritos. Hooray! Today is our day. Let’s have fun today reading our favorite books. (Excerpt from Book Fiesta by Pat Mora.)