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El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book), also known as "Día", is a celebration based on childhood and literacy that began in 1997. Borrowing from the traditional Mexican holiday "El día de los niños," the American version expanded to include literacy when acclaimed author Pat Mora took up the cause in 1997 with the support of REFORMA. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now the national home for Día.

Meet Día Founder Pat Mora!

Pat Mora

Celebrate Día with founder and children's book author, Pat Mora! Pat shares a number of ideas and success stories through her website, Bookjoy blog, and video interviews with Colorín Colorado.

Video Interview: Pat Mora on Día's First 15 Years


Pat discusses the way Día has grown and changed, as well as the resources she has gathered to help more libraries and schools celebrate Día around the country.

Planning a Día Celebration

Book Fiesta

These online resources provide recommended ideas and activities for teachers and librarians, as well as examples from successful Día events around the country. They include a number of materials in Spanish.

The Spirt of Día: Diversity in Action

Learn how the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina transformed their Día celebration from a small library program into a statewide initiative in this article written by Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Irania Patterson.

Authors and Illustrators Discuss Día

Authors and illustrators discuss Día in these Colorín Colorado video interviews! For the complete interviews as well as additional featured authors and illustrators, see our Meet the Authors section.

Related Activities for Día

Bilingual books, games, & activities

Colorín Colorado guides for parents

Classroom activities

Send an e-card

Send an e-card

Catch a kid reading… and show how proud you are by sending a Día e-card. This free e-card was created by Colorín Colorado using acclaimed illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez's stunning artwork from Nana's Big Surprise, originally published by Children's Book Press. The card is available with English or Spanish text.

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