El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, also known simply as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. “Children’s Day” has been celebrated in many countries around the world officially since 1925.
After learning about Mexico’s tradition of celebrating April 30th as El Día del Niño, children’s book author Pat Mora helped create a new holiday in the United States emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, linking families to diverse books, languages and cultures.
This page is to help California public libraries plan and fund Día celebrations and children and family literacy programs.
Todos los niños, todos los días — every child, every day!
Financial Support for Día Programs
The Early Learning with Families (ELF) project will provide $500 in reimbursement to California public library outlets for the costs of Día programs, books, and supplies. Some limitations and restrictions apply, please see the opportunity page for details. Application deadline is March 9, 2021.
REFORMA National is offering five $300 mini-grants for Día programming to public and school libraries. Visit REFORMA’s webpage to apply. Application deadline is February 15, 2021.
Program Ideas, Activities & Planning Guides
- Celebrating Children and Books (American Library Association)
- Free Program Downloads (American Library Association) [book lists, planning tools, coloring and activity]
- Dígame un cuento/Tell Me a Story: Bilingual Programs for Children and Families (Texas State Library and Archives)
- Día de los niños activity ideas (Pinterest board maintained by children’s librarian Martha Sanders)
- National ALA Día Program Registry (national database showcasing Día programming on a national level)
- Planning Your Día Celebration Guide (Pat Mora)
Free Artwork and Publicity Tools for Your Día Events
- American Library Association Artwork
- American Library Association Press Center Día Publicity Tools
- Día Public Service Announcements
Help Finding Multicultural and Bilingual Children’s Books
- The Brown Bookshelf (designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers)
- DiverseBookFinder.org (a collection of more than 2,000 children's picture books featuring people of color and indigenous people)
- Diversity Resources (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
- Diversity Resources (Cooperative Children's Book Center)
- Early Childhood Census 2020: We Count! Ebooks for Kids (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
- Multicultural Children's Book Day Resources (website with links to free books and recommended book lists and other resources)
- Multicultural Literature (¡Colorín Colorado!)
- Native American Children's Literature Recommended Reading List (First Nations Development Institute)
- OurStoryApp (a tool for kids, parents, educators, and librarians to discover diverse books)
- Latinxs in Kidlit (website with Latinx book reviews and resources)
- First Book Marketplace
- Lee and Low Books
- Small presses owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (compiled by Cooperative Children’s Book Center)
Websites with More Día Celebration Resources & Information
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Bookjoy (Pat Mora)
- ¡Colorín Colorado!
- El Día del niño (Weebly)
- First Book
- Idaho Commission for Libraries
- National Latino Children’s Institute
- New Mexico State Library
- Reading Rockets
- Texas State Library and Archives
Tools and Resources for Día Programming
Día library programs:
- Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
- Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
- Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
- Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
Register Your Día Programs!
The American Library Association has a national database to track Día de los Niños programs in libraries. Please register your programs in this database; it’s a great resource for California libraries to get information about programs at the state level and allows libraries nationwide to benefit from information about your programs and activities for years to come.
P.S. If you are participating in this Día opportunity through the ELF project, you must register your event in ALA’s database!