El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día

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A celebration of children, families, and reading held annually since 1996, Children's Day/Book Day, known as Día, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In anticipation of Día's fifteenth anniversary, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) presents a collection of the best of its Día programming ideas, offering

  • A wealth of ready-to-use programs, easily adaptable for a variety of cultures
  • Cultural competency training tips to encourage outreach to minority populations
  • Interviews with library directors about the best ways to heighten awareness of cultural and literacy issues

Complemented by numerous bilingual book suggestions, this resource is perfect for collection development, early literacy storytimes, and year-round program planning.

Foreword, by Pat Mora

Chapter 1 What Is El día de los niños/El día de los libros?
Chapter 2 Día Now and in the Future
Chapter 3 Cultural Competencies
Chapter 4 Reaching the Community
Chapter 5 Programming—Celebrating Día in Public Libraries
Chapter 6 Programming—Celebrating Día in Schools

Best Practices

Jeanette Larson

Jeanette Larson has more than 30 years of library experience. She currently teaches at Texas Woman's University and is an independent trainer for libraries around the country. An active member of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Texas Library Association (TLA), Larson's involvement with El día de los niños/El día de los libros, often called Día, began early in the initiative's history, with the development of an informational booklet of program ideas. More recently, she served on a TLA committee that produced a grant-funded Día tool kit for libraries. In 2003, she served as a member of the Estela and Raúl Mora Award Committee of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Larson has an MSLS from the University of Southern California and a BA in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She is also the author of a children's book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

For more than eight decades, librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. In addition, the ALSC division of the ALA is committed to creating a nation of readers, starting with the youngest. ALSC supports all those providing library services to children, including youth librarians, teachers, families, literature experts, publishers, and child advocates.

"I found this relatively short book crammed with practical ideas for implementation, resources, and committee work. There is a comprehensive list of publishers, distributors, and websites for further information and materials, along with a list of representative multiethnic books, a bibliography, and an index. I highly recommend this inspiring and practical how-to manual for elementary school librarians and public libraries interested in expanding their offerings to a growing clientele."
--Catholic Library World