April 30, 2012

Happy Día!

When we first started celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day in 1996, we focused on April 30th, El Día del niño in Mexico, the observance that inspired me to promote celebrating children and linking that celebration to literacy. REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) was my first organizational partner in this work. Thanks to support from my friend Dr. Dan Moore who was then at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ALSC (Association of Library Service to Children) offered to become Día’s home in 2004. (See Día Visual History.)

April, a month with many literary and literacy celebrations, now includes many Día celebrations throughout the month. I love the fact that Día is a community-based family literacy initiative and that schools and libraries select the specific date to have their book fiesta.

Soon we’ll begin thinking and planning for Día’s 17th anniversary in April 2013. Today, we celebrate a month of honoring children and exciting them about books, languages and cultures. Thanks to each of you who was part of a Día celebration this month, to USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) that has steadily supported Día, and to Albert Whitman & Co., Myrick Marketing & Media, and Tricycle Press. I had a wonderful time at Discovery Green in Houston last weekend, and on April 30th, I’ll be at Burnet and Kohlberg Elementary Schools in my home city of El Paso, Texas.

Special thanks to my web team Laurina Cashin & Bobbie Combs, to the new Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors , REFORMA, ALSC and to the following partners listed on the ALSC Dia siteArte Público, Charlesbridge Publishing, Cinco Punto Press, HarperCollins, Lee & Low Books, Lorito Books, Peachtree Publishers, Random House, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English,) W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Gracias! Thanks!

April 27, 2012

Día Advocates A-Zing!

I'm delighted to share an alphabet of twenty-six nouns that matter to all of us who work to connect all children to books, languages and cultures. I'm grateful to my Día partner Laurina Cashin who worked closely with our creative designer Desiree Rappa to create this poster for you to print and also share. May its sunny colors brighten your work space all year long. Also, may these words prove helpful when you share Día with future committees and with colleagues around the country. Yea for Día Advocates whose commitment and creativity always amaze me. Gracias!

Download hi-res version for printing.
Download lo-res version for web use.

April 26, 2012

Video Readings from Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors

Throughout this month's Díapalooza, we're  featuring brief videos of some of the Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors reading from their books. Today we have a double feature! First, author, storyteller and librarian Lucia Gonzalez, and next author and illustrator, Duncan Tonatiuh.

Lucia Gonzalez read her story The Bossy Gallito aloud at the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Library System, on Saturday, April 21, 2012 during the "Children's Day, Book Day/El dia de los niños, el dia de los libros" Celebration.

Duncan reads from his award winning picture book Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.

Lucia and Duncan, thank you for your support of Día and for being a Día Author and Illustrator Ambassador!

April 25, 2012

New Día Dynamo

Dr. Jamie Cambell Naidoo, Assistant & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor,
School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama  is our first Día Dynamo professor. It’s exciting to see a young academic, a staunch Día supporter, teaching through his example on his campus, in his community, and in his national professional organizations including ALA.
Through his National Latino Children's Literature Conference, his work with Día Noche de Cuentos, and school and library events, he celebrates Latino cultural literacy. In person and on the page, Jamie inspires present and future librarians and teachers when he shares Día’s goals, rationale and potential. A prolific publisher and enthusiastic, engaging presenter across the country, Jamie has a knack for making Día irresistible, an obvious family literacy initiative for all. Gracias, Jamie!

Here is a quote from Jamie about Dia:
"Día provides a catalyst for dynamic cultural literacy programming in classrooms and libraries, connecting readers of all ages to high-quality, authentic literature that mirrors our culturally pluralistic society."

Jamie talks about this year's National Latino Children's Literature Conference:
"I believe in the power of Día to promote literacy and have incorporated it into my National Latino Children's Literature Conference, which is held biannually in March. Since the conference's inception in 2007, Día has been a perfect avenue for celebrating Latino cultural literacy and distributing high-quality Latino children's literature to children and their families via free Día community events in libraries and schools. In March 2012, I hosted a Noche de Cuentos celebration of Día at the Tuscaloosa Public Library where children and their families joined attendees from the National Latino Children's Literature Conference and 7 Latino authors and illustrators as we celebrated bookjoy! Each child received a free copy of The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez and each family received a free copy of ¡Muu, Moo!: Animal Nursery Rhymes. The authors of these books engaged the children in storytelling and signed copies of their books."

Authors & illustrators attending the 2012 NLCLC
Back L to R: René Colato Laínez, Alma Flor Ada, John Parra, Joe Cepeda
Front L to R: Jamie Naidoo, Lila Quintero Weaver, Monica Brown, Meg Medina

A Dia flower

See all Día Dynamos on Pat's website.

April 24, 2012

Día Reflections

Last year, to celebrate Día's 15th Anniversary, my web team and I created a down-loadable booklet, Pat Mora's Idea Booklet for a Día Year DÍA as in Delight in celebrating children, Imagine your community strengthened by reading families, Affirm the importance of daily sharing bookjoy. We hope you have found the booklet a useful tool with your planning committee. We hope to continue adding to these ideas and welcome your suggestions.

I also wrote 30 Reflections since I believe that to be our most effective in our advocacy work, we need to regularly move between reflection and action, reflection and action, so that we invest our energy in our highest priorities and thus act wisely. Last year, I began the reflections by saying that "day by day, día por día, I invite each of us to read the reflection and then to ponder: how am I doing this in my own life?" I hope you find these thoughts helpful.

 Through Día, share bookjoy!

Let’s see ourselves as part of the National Día Community connected by our commitment to the potential of each child and to the pleasure and power of literacy.

Let’s create regular time to reflect on the importance, challenges and opportunities of Día’s goals.

Let’s remind one another often that Día is a daily commitment and not only an annual celebration.

Let’s creatively make Día fun for ourselves and others.

Let’s champion children and literacy in our daily lives and creatively and concretely introduce Día to potential partners.

Let’s learn what other Día advocates have shared and discovered.

Let’s affirm home languages and diverse cultures.

Let’s learn together to be more compelling in articulating the importance and relevance of our goals to our various communities.

Let’s explore new ways to share what we’ve learned or are trying to implement.

Let’s reach out to new partners including elected officials, school administrators and faculty preparing future librarians and teachers.

Let’s attend and support an annual Día celebration and experience the joy of honoring children and of linking children and families to books.

Let’s question our assumptions about how to reach our goals and who our appropriate partners can be.

Let’s thank and celebrate our partners again and again.

Let’s create Día planning communities locally and nationally that reflect the diversity we espouse, and let’s invite social service agencies, the media, the young and seniors to enrich our work.

Let’s remember that effective advocates need to endure the challenges of learning new skills; in Día’s case: partnership building, fund raising, marketing, publicity, public speaking, social networking, true collaboration.

Let’s assist school and public libraries to diversify their collections to reflect our national diversity and global connections.

Let’s design Día programs and celebrations that—though they may include food, music, dancing and prizes—create positive and memorable literacy experiences for attendees.

Let’s encourage and assist all families to build home libraries, to celebrate Día annually at home, and to take pride in being reading families.

Let’s involve children as presenters in our various literacy events and at Día book fiestas and celebrate our children’s talents.

Let’s commit to developing programs that assist parents of our diverse families to become effective literacy mentors, our partners.

Let’s propose innovative solutions to predictable resistance to change and increase Día’s growth and impact.

Let’s praise leaders who become Día champions because they are committed to assisting all children to become learners.

Let’s remember that though change is slow, people and institutions can change; our challenge is to be persistent, effective advocates.

Let’s connect in committed circles that form the powerful community-based National Día Community in our city, state, region and country.

Let’s see ourselves as central rather than peripheral, as a force for positive change that welcomes ideas for expanding and deepening Día’s work.

Let’s collaborate: honor the perspectives we each bring, listen with open hearts and minds, respect our varying styles and unite for the well-being and future of our children, our nation’s future.

Let’s gather together when possible to re-excite one another about Día’s potential to enrich lives and strengthen families and communities.

Let’s rejoice that Día, this family literacy initiative that works to honor children and to connect them to books, languages and cultures, has grown for 15 years and continues to grow and flourish.

Let’s boldly plan together for Día’s 20th Anniversary expanding Día’s impact and thus uniting our too-often divided country, uniting for the well-being of all our children.

Let’s unite our energies, knowledge, and diverse skills, unleashing our creativity, adding our individual zing to sharing bookjoy and creating a nation of readers.

April 23, 2012

Jeanette Larson Reads for Día

Throughout this month's Díapalooza we're showing brief videos of some of the Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors reading aloud. They've created these videos especially for Díapalooza. Today Jeanette Larson shares a story from her book Hummingbirds: Facts and Fiction from the Americas.

Jeanette, thank you for your support of Día and for being a Día Author and Illustrator Ambassador!  Read Jeanette's interview about literacy and Día.

April 22, 2012

Díapalooza Book Giveaways

This past week's winners of book sets are Lauren, and Jane in South Dakota! Thanks to everyone who entered.

More chances to win a set of children's books!

Each set will include 3-4 new children's books and a signed copy of one of Pat's titles. To enter, comment on this post or any Díapalooza post and include an email address (formatted like pat at patmora dot com.) Or send an email directly to lcashin at patmora dot com with Díapalooza Book Giveaway in the subject line. U. S. only please. Deadline is each Friday during April (4.13, 4.20, and 4.27) midnight EST. There will be 2 random drawings each Friday.

April 20, 2012

Día Advocates A - ZING!

I enjoyed creating a Día alphabet for all the dedicated Día advocates hosting Día celebrations this month. I chose 26 nouns that matter to our Día National Community. Below is a second sneak peek. At the end of the month, we’ll post the complete alphabet as a designed poster, ready to download, print, display on your bulletin board or wall. It will also be fun to share.
See letters A-I here

J  Joy

K Knowledge

L   Literacy

M  Mora Award

N   Network

O  Optimism

P  Partner 

Q  Quality

R   Readers

April 19, 2012

Día Events in New Mexico

Today our guest blogger, Flo Truillo, writes about Día celebrations in Farmington and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Flo is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Farmington Public Library. She is also a Día Dynamo. Flo, thank you for your support of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day!

Flo Truillo

The annual Día celebration at the Farmington Public Library will kick off with registration for “Dream Big” summer reading! Día provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to promote the power of books and reading to their own children. Every day of the year can be “Día,” a day for linking all children and books!

The free celebration is from 4-6pm during the afterschool hours with the themes “Let's Move,” America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids, and “Dream Big," the 2012 national summer reading program. Participants can enjoy a healthy snack (watch “A Spoon for Every Bite”) and check out a kid’s cookbook from the display, so bring your library card! More fun: Yo-yo entertainment, hands-on crafts, and two family gaming challenges in the multipurpose room; Skillastics, hula hoop, hopscotch; and outdoor library walking tours every 30 minutes! Visit with Madison from Peach’s Neet Feet! The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds and families can enjoy the puppet show Tikki Tikki Tembo in the Story Time room!

Mayor Tommy Roberts has issued a proclamation for April 30, 2012 as “El Día de los niños/ El día de los libros” in Farmington, NM, and urges all citizens to participate in the celebration of the potential of our children, and the role libraries play in the cultivation of that potential.

In Albuquerque, Día will be a part of Afterschool Programming at Whittier Elementary School. The Afterschool program participants will watch fellow students present about countries around the world. Also, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library System/Lomas Tramway will present an interactive program for young children with storyteller Ramona King, Knee High Tales for Me. The Rio Grande Education Collaborative Afterschool Program at 12 sites will distribute free books to all students for Dia celebration that will include storytelling, art and a nutritional snack. University of New Mexico Libraries will feature Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Vietnamese displays of multicultural children's books & artifacts of childhood, coloring & activity sheets, information for the College of Education community, etc. beginning April 23 through May 5.

The celebrations continue in other New Mexico locations:

Las Cruces: Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will have an author visit with Joe Hayes. Joe will read from his books. Free books will be given to each child and Joe will sign the books at the end of the program.

Rancho de Taos: UNM Taos Students and Taos High School students will present original theater skits to the 4th grade class at Enos Elementary. Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to share stories they have written. Parents and family members are invited to the performance and to see the display of multi-cultural books and resources. Program is facilitated by UNM-Taos Library.

Shiprock: Shiprock Branch Library will offer Navajo language story times and family Wii Gaming on April 30 throughout the day.

April 18, 2012

Día Celebrations in Austin and Providence

We have two guest posts today about El día de los niños, El día de los libros/ Children’s Day, Book Day (Día) activities in Texas and Rhode Island. Our first guest blogger is R. Joseph Rodriguez, Ph.D., Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Following Joseph is Carolina Briones, Latino Program Coordinator, Providence Community Library (RI.) Thank you both for contributing to our Díapalooza!

Joseph Rodriguez

In collaboration with Austin Public Library (Ruiz Branch) and Volunteers In Communities Tutoring Our Responsible Youth (VICTORY), the literacy partnership Libre con Libros has secured more than 300 books for distribution at the Ruiz Branch on Monday afternoon, April 30, 2012.

Youth enrolled in the program VICTORY and ranging from newborn to young adult will receive complimentary books (while supplies last) to build home libraries and foster the joy of reading and achievement. Storytelling and writing opportunities will be scheduled to advance the program El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

Help us spread bookjoy and the power and pleasure of world languages and literacies! ¡Adelante!

Events at the Austin Public Library include:
  • Create your own Austin Family Memory Book with help from APL and Austin History Center professionals
  • Ballet Folklórico Mexikayotl
  • Storytime
  • Hands on Science (Cat in the Hat & Martha will walk around science centers)
  • PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Celebration (The public will be able to see and hear the winning entries and may ask questions of the young writers

Carolina Briones
The Providence Community Library has fliers in both English and Spanish announcing "Come and have fun at this annual event where we celebrate childhood, culture and the love of books." Attendees can see guest author Mabel Mendoza. Other activities include arts & crafts, dance, refreshments, a kids raffle, and a music concert for kids.

April 17, 2012

Mora Award Winning Libraries

Today we celebrate the 17 Mora Award Winning Libraries. Big cheers to them! As many of you know, my family and I established the Estela and Raúl Mora Award in 2000 to honor our parents and to motivate libraries, schools, and educational institutions to plan annual Día celebrations in April. Día is a daily commitment, but since we all enjoy celebrations (Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.), we like to plan book fiestas celebrating kids too.

2011 Award
The Santa Ana Public Library (CA)
Springfield Public Library (OR)

2010 Award
The Arthur F. Turner Community Library of Yolo County (West Sacramento, CA)
Pima County Public Library (Tucson, AZ)
Santa Barbara Public Library System (CA)

2009 Award
San Francisco Public Library (CA)
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (KS)

2008 Award
Riverside County Library System (CA)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC)

2007 Award
Broward County Library (FL)

2006 Award
Kenton County Public Library (KY)

2005 Award

2004 Award
Providence Public Library (RI)

2003 Award
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (OR)

2002 Award
Multnomah County Library (WA)

2001 Award
El Paso Public Library (TX)

2000 Award
Austin Public Library (TX)

(Links to individual libraries Día pages are here.)

Thanks to all of you who are planning, participating in or supporting Día celebrations this month. Let's all share bookjoy!

Your library could be the 2012 Mora Award winner!
(Application Guidelines)

April 16, 2012

Celebrating Día in Riverside County

Thank you to today's guest blogger Maggie Gutierrez, Latino Outreach Coordinator at Riverside County Library System (CA.) 

Throughout the month of April, Riverside County Library System will present it's ninth annual celebration of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Day of the child/Day of the book), a series of special events honoring books, libraries, and reading for children. All of our libraries will offer a variety of programming for children and adults, including author appearances, bilingual story times, crafts, games, and music. We enjoy bringing a joyful experience to our children and their families by incorporating the importance of literacy to each and everyone of our libraries. this year we have two award winning bilingual children's authors visiting seven of our libraries Renê Colato Lainez and Amy Costales.

Fun Fun month for everyone in April, include Mariachi Magic Show, Ballet Folklorico, multicultural theme story times, face painting of your favorite book character, book give aways, bilingual entertainers, food/refreshments, reading hint tools/skills to parents on how to motivate their children to read, and much much more!

Author Amy Costales and friends

April 14, 2012

Díapalooza Giveaways

The winners of book sets are Maureen in California and Susan, also in California! Thanks to everyone who entered.

More chances to win a set of children's books!
Each set will include 3-4 new children's books and a signed copy of one of Pat's titles. To enter, comment on this post or any Díapalooza post and include an email address (formatted like pat at patmora dot com.) Or send an email directly to lcashin at patmora dot com with Díapalooza Book Giveaway in the subject line. U. S. only please. Deadline is each Friday during April (4.13, 4.20, and 4.27) midnight EST. There will be 2 random drawings each Friday.

April 13, 2012

Children's Books about Sharing Bookjoy

Last year a list of books about sharing bookjoy was included in Pat's Día planning booklet. Here are additional titles that are exemplary of bookjoy. Most were published this past year and are picture books, both fiction and nonfiction; one title (Year of the Book) is a chapter book for young readers. Do you have suggestions for other titles? Leave them in the comments or email lcashin (at) patmora (dot) com. Share bookjoy all year long!

BookSpeak! Poems about Books. Written by Laurie Purdie Salas, illustrated by Joseé Bisaillon, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I Am the Book. Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Yani, Holiday House

The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel/Penguin

Library Lily. Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Francesca Chessa, Eerdmans

Lola reads to Leo. Written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, Charlesbridge

My Librarian is a Camel. Written by Margriet Ruurs, Boyds Mill Press

Otto the Book Bear. Written and illustrated by Katie Cleminson, Hyperion/Disney

Words Set Me Free: the Story of Young Frederick Douglas. Written by Lisa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

What Are You Doing? Written by Elisa Amado and illustrated by Manuel Monroy, Groundwood

Year of the Book. Written by Andrea Cheng and illustrated by Abigail Halpin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Post written by Laurina Cashin, consultant with We Love Children's Books.

April 12, 2012

Uma Krishnaswami Reads for Día

Throughout this month's Díapalooza we're showing brief videos of some of the Día Author and Illustrator Ambassadors reading aloud. They've created these videos especially for Díapalooza. Today Uma Krishnaswami reads from her new book Out of the Way! Out of the Way!

Uma, thank you for your support of Día and for being a Día Author and Illustrator Ambassador!

April 11, 2012

Día Advocates A - ZING!

I enjoyed creating a Día alphabet for all the dedicated Día advocates hosting Día celebrations this month. I chose 26 nouns that matter to our Día National Community. Below is a sneak peek. At the end of the month, we’ll post the complete alphabet as a designed poster, ready to download, print, display on your bulletin board or wall. It will also be fun to share.

Advocacy--for us, sharing bookjoy--is hard work that requires dogged persistence. Advocacy with energetic and creative partners is also fun. We reap surprising rewards. I hope that when you see the finished alphabet and read its words, you’ll smile and feel part of our growing national community taking continued action in support of El día de los niños, el día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day.

A  Advocacy

B  Bookjoy

C  Community

D  Diversity

E  Energy

F  Family

G  Goals 

H  Humor

I  Innovation

April 10, 2012

Celebrating Día 2012

Thank you to today's guest blogger, Lise Tewes, Children’s Services Coordinator at Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, KY. Lise was named a Día Dynamo  in 2011.

I am fortunate to have been mentored by a wonderful Children’s Librarian, Sara Howrey, who really set the bar and got the ball rolling for Día celebrations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Sara’s vision, which included partnerships with up to 7 different library systems and even more community partners, still drives our celebrations today, although on a somewhat smaller scale.

Our Día celebration this year will occur at the Erlanger Branch Library on Sunday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m. My library, the Kenton County Public Library, continues to partner with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to produce a joint celebration. We trade locations each year, and this year, it is my turn to be the host location. Last year, we had a wonderful celebration at the Madeira Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, as is evident by these photos:


Our event this year, at the Erlanger Branch  in Kenton County, Kentucky, will feature Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer!  We are actually able to have Dora the Explorer for the whole weekend, so on Saturday, April 28, Dora will go to the neighboring counties and be part of their Día celebrations.  Campbell County Public Library  will have Dora appearances from 12-1:30 p.m. on April 28, and then the Boone County Public Library will have Dora appearances from 2-4 p.m.  Dora will be at our Library on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  The three Libraries – Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties – divided up the cost of Dora the Explorer so that it was affordable for all of us.  We think that Dora’s appearances at all three of our events will really make an impact and bring a lot of recognition and attendance to our events. 

In addition to appearances by Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, we are also going to have craft and information tables sponsored by 6 community partners, including the local elementary school.  There will be International Storytime, featuring the book Splash being read in 10 different languages.  There will be 500 free Dora the Explorer books for children.  We have a group of Filipino dancers coming to do their traditional tinikling dance.  Another group will perform authentic folk dances from Mexico.  Face painting and piñatas will be available.  Without a doubt, we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration for Día’s 16th Anniversary!