Monday, April 02, 2012

El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day

Today is International Children's Book Day. It's been celebrated since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April. More on ICBD here at the IBBY web site.

It seems the perfect day to talk about another celebration, one that is now lovingly known to more and more people simply as Dia! To give it its full, glorious, lilting name, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a celebration of books, children, libraries, reading and all things connected. Also known as El día de los jovenes/El día de los libros (Young people’s Day/Book Day).

It was launched 16 years ago by poet, children's and YA writer, book lover and tireless book advocate Pat Mora. The year-long, family literacy initiative is now housed at ALSC, a division of ALA. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The beauty of the concept is that it can expand without borders. No limits at all. Maybe because that's the way the minds of children are, limitless. So read a book to a child. Buy a book for a child. Attend a Día celebration. Launch a Día celebration.  Find out what's going on for Día in your community.

Say it out loud. Every day is Día!

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