Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Día de los ninos/dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

April 30 is the day when Día de los niños/Día de los libros is celebrated nationwide. Founded by author Pat Mora in 1997, this celebration honors children, promotes literacy, languages, and cultures.

TeachingBooks website has a list of children’s books to celebrate this special event. I feel honored that my book, The Battle of the Snow Cones, is on that list.

According to Pat Mora, “The goals of this observance from its inception have included a daily commitment to:  

  • honor children and childhood,
  • promote literacy, the importance of linking all children to books, languages, and cultures,
  • honor home languages and cultures, and thus promoting bilingual and multilingual literacy in this multicultural nation, and global understanding through reading,
  • involve parents as valued members of the literacy team,
  • promote library collection development that reflects our plurality.

I did realize, as do you, how blessed I was to know bookjoy, the private pleasure of savoring text. -- Pat Mora

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