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, commonly known 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 for over 90 years. Mexico and other Latin American countries chose to celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th.

After learning of the celebration in Mexico and Latin America, 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 for the use of California libraries in planning and funding Día celebrations and children/family literacy programs in general.

Todos los niños, todos los días—all the children, every day!

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California State Library. Día Programming Funds. The State Library will provide up to $500 in cost reimbursement to California public libraries, for books and supplies for Día programs. Some restrictions apply. Application deadline: March 25, 2019. Details

REFORMA National. REFORMA National is offering five $300 mini-grants for Día programming to public and school libraries. This grant is open NOW and applications will be accepted until March 18, 2019. Details

REFORMA Los Angeles. REFORMA Los Angeles is offering a $300 mini-grant for Día programming to public and school libraries in Los Angeles County. Applications available in March 2019. Details

TalkStory Grant. TalkStory is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American and American Indian/Alaska Native stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. This $750 grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program, focusing on Asian Pacific American or American Indian/Alaska Native cultures. Application deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019. Details

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Tools and Resources for Día Programming

Día de los niños 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. We encourage you to register your programs in this database; it’s a great resource for California libraries to get information about programs at the state level, and also allows libraries nationwide to benefit from information about your programs and activities for years to come. If you register, you’ll be added to our interactive map!

P.S. If you want Día funding from the State Library, you’re required to register!