This past weekend I was invited to share my book at an El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), at a local library here in San Diego. This event, also known as Día, is promoted by the American Library Association as a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The purpose of the celebration is to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Here is a little more history of the day from the ALA site:
Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
You will find more of the history and some great tips to celebrate “Dia” on Pat Mora’s site.
For my “Dia” presentation I decided to play up the party theme. I made “Papel Picado” banners and shared the history of the banners dating back to the Aztecs. We discussed how they are similar and different from the paper streamers we use here in the United States. I also made my own version to give out to the children. Here are the instructions to make your own.
Not one of my somberos
I also discussed party hats and I made a few paper sombreros to give out to the kids. The hats were a huge hit and it was great fun to see them wearing them as I made my presentation. Here are the instructions to make your own paper sombreros.
I read my own book “Grandma’s Pear Tree” with a little help from the audience and ended my presentation reading “Book Fiesta” by Pat Mora.
I was honored that the La Mesa Library included me in their “Dia” celebration. If you are looking for more tips to celebrate Dia be sure to check out the ALA site or Facebook or Twitter for daily tips.
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