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

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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

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Día Program Funding

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 Mini-Grants

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

Free Artwork and Publicity Tools for Your Día Events

Help Finding Multicultural and Bilingual Children’s Books

Websites with More Día Celebration Resources & Information

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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.
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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!