If you visit this blog or my web site, you know that April 2011, we’re celebrating Día’s 15th Anniversary. My web team and I were so pleased at comments about our first Díapalooza last April that we’re having a second Díapalooza in 2011. To assist those of you planning Día celebrations at your schools, libraries, etc., we’re sharing 15 Día Nuggets, 15 lists of 15 items to assist you in your planning. During Díapalooza 2011, we’ll showcase the 15 Día Dynamos, 15 Mora Award winners and the 15 Día Nuggets, etc. Send us your I-días!
15 Día Nuggets for Día’s 15th Anniversary
Nugget #6 What Every Día Advocate Needs to Know
1. Día is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures with annual, culminating celebrations in April.
2. Día honors both children and the power and pleasure of books.
3. Día enhances communities by supporting families and literacy.
4. Your effective advocacy requires vision and revision.
5. Advocacy is incredibly hard work requiring enthusiastic, reliable allies.
6. Parents are essential as valued members of your literacy team.
7. Growing the Día concept in your community and nationally requires optimism, energy, creativity, action, and collaboration.
8. Forming new partnerships requires patience and consistency.
9. Planning a Día celebration need not involve a large budget.
10. Many models (large and small) and suggestions are available on the Web.
11. Experienced celebration planners welcome your questions.
12. Día = Diversity in Action. (Coined by North Carolina librarians.)
13. Día needs visibility to reach its potential in our democracy. Publicize your celebrations, write articles for professional journals, use social networking options, volunteer to speak at conferences, etc.
14. Sharing bookjoy is fun, rewarding and important.
15. Día needs you and your unique talents.
Nugget #8 Children's Books About Sharing Bookjoy
1. Amadi's Snowman by Katia Novet Saint-Lot, illustrated by Dimitrea Tokunbo (Tilbury House)
2. Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom, illustrated by Michael Garland (Random House)
3. Book! By Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith (Clarion)
4. Book Fair Day by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Thor Wickstrom (Penguin)
5. Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day/ Celebremos El día de los niños, El día de los libros by Pat Mora, illustrated by Rafael López (HarperCollins)
6. A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés by Pat Mora, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal (Knopf)
7. Lola Loves Stories and Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (Charlesbridge)
8. Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley (Random House)
9. Reading Grows written and photographed by Ellen B. Senisi (Albert Whitman)
10. Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr, illustrated by Todd Parr (Little Brown)
11. Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Lee & Low)
12. Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book Press)
13. Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colón (Knopf)
14. Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra (Tricycle)
15. Yasmin's Hammer by Ann Malaspina, illustrated by Doug Chayka (Lee & Low)