Día means “day” in Spanish. In 1996, author Pat Mora learned about the Mexican tradition of celebrating April 30th as El día del niño, the day of the child. Pat thought, “We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Yes! We need kids’ day too, but I want to connect all children with bookjoy, the pleasure of reading.” On April 30, 1997, the first annual Día celebrations were held in cities including Tucson, El Paso, and Austin.
NCTE is honored to be an official supporter of Día. In 2005 NCTE members attending the Annual Business Meeting during the Annual Convention passed the NCTE Resolution on El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
New in 2013, on Pat's Bookjoy blog, is a Blog Hop on Latinas for Latino Literature. For the remainder of April different bloggers will host children’s authors and illustrators on their blogs in honor of El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. View the schedule and read about the fantastic book giveaway.
For ideas for celebrating El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, visit Pat's website or the American Library Association website.