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!
Grants/Financial Support for Día Programs
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program Ideas, Activities & Planning Guides
- Celebrate Día Guide (First Time Books)
- Celebrating Children and Books (American Library Association)
- Día Resource Guide (Association for Library Services to Children)
- Free Program Downloads (American Library Association) [book lists, planning tools, coloring and activity]
- Dígame un cuento/Tell Me a Story: Bilingual Programs for Children and Families (Texas State Library and Archives)
- Día de los niños activity ideas (Pinterest board maintained by children’s librarian Martha Sanders)
- National Día Program Registry (national database showcasing Día programming on a national level)
- Planning Your Día Celebration Guide (Pat Mora)
Free Artwork and Publicity Tools for Your Día Events
- American Library Association Artwork
- American Library Association Press Center Día Publicity Tools
- Día Public Service Announcements
Help Finding Multicultural and Bilingual Children’s Books
- The Brown Bookshelf (designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers)
- DiverseBookFinder.org (a collection of more than 2,000 children's picture books featuring people of color and indigenous people)
- Diversity Resources (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
- Multicultural Children’s Book Day Resources (website with links to free books and recommended book lists and other resources)
- Multicultural Literature (¡Colorín Colorado!)
- Native American Childrens Literature Recommended Reading List (First Nations Development Institute)
- OurStoryApp (a tool for kids, parents, educators, and librarians to discover diverse books)
- RainbowMe (a website offering information on culturally diverse entertainment for kids, including books as well as videos, toys, and apps)
Websites with More Día Celebration Resources & Information
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Bookjoy (Pat Mora)
- ¡Colorín Colorado!
- El Día del niño (Weebly)
- First Book
- Idaho Commission for Libraries
- National Latino Children’s Institut
- New Mexico State Library
- Reading Rockets
- San Francisco Public Library
- Texas State Library and Archives
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.
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!