Libraries nationwide celebrate Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Day of the Children, Day of the Books) April 30

Contact: Ben Ocón, REFORMA


Linda Mays, ALSC


For Immediate Release

April 28, 2003

Libraries nationwide celebrate Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros (Day of the Children, Day of the Books) April 30

ALSC introduces Spanish-language Día booklist

Libraries throughout the United States (including Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin) are making plans for the annual celebration of
Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Books) – an annual event that celebrates childhood and bilingual literacy and which promotes reading and books to children and families from all backgrounds.

The event was begun in 1996 by noted Latina author Pat Mora as a way to celebrate and incorporate a traditional children's day in Mexico, while at the same time instilling new literacy traditions for immigrant populations in the United States.

“For libraries across the country, the annual celebrations of
Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros have become a powerful and effective outreach tool used by librarians, teachers and community activists to introduce the library to diverse populations who are unfamiliar with library services and resources,” says Ben Ocón, president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. “Libraries, schools and community centers participate in a collaborative effort on April 30.”

To support this effort, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) this year introduced the Spanish-language counterpart to its popular English-language
Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros booklist.
In February, ALSC received a grant extension from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to extend its outreach in support of the celebration.
One copy of each brochure was mailed to every U.S. library, and to the members of ALSC, REFORMA, the Public Library Association (PLA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE).
More than 44,000 people were reached this year.
The brochures are available online at

This year also marks the fourth year of the Estela and Raul Mora Award.
The Mora Award was established by Pat Mora and her three siblings in honor of their parents and to promote
Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros.
The Mora Award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque donated by the Mora grandchildren.
The Award is presented annually to the most exemplary program celebrating
Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros.
Schools, libraries, and community organizations that planned and implemented
Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros programs in 2003 are eligible to submit an application by
August 25, 2003.
Application guidelines can be found online at

REFORMA, one of the principal sponsors of
Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros, is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA).
ALSC, PLA and AASL are all divisions of the ALA.

For a listing of programs, visit the REFORMA
Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros Web site,