Celebrate children, their cultural backgrounds, & literacy on Día

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs

Launched in the 1990s by children’s author Pat Mora and sponsored by the American Library Association, El Día de los Ninos/El Día de los Libros (Día) is a national celebration of the importance of literacy “for all children from all backgrounds.”

We have two events planned for Día, both on Tuesday, April 30.

El Día de los Niños

CHENEY
Tuesday, April 30, 3–5pm
In partnership with the Eastern Washington University club M.E.Ch.A. de EWU

SPOKANE VALLEY
Tuesday, April 30, 4–5pm

The goals of Día, according to the American Library Association’s division for service to children, are to:

  • 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

Día is most often associated with sharing stories in Spanish and English, but you don’t have to wait until our Día events to check our great selection of bilingual and Spanish language materials. Recent arrivals include:

  • How Are You? ¿Cómo Estás?, by Angela Dominguez, in which two baby giraffes try to guess how their new baby ostrich friend is feeling
  • Sonadores, the Spanish language version of Yuyi Morales’s vivid and timely evocation of the newcomer’s experience, Dreamers
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal, in both English and Spanish versions, the charming tale of a young girl who discovers the wonderful legacy of her full name

For older kids, we offer Spanish language versions of such popular series as Dog Man, Fly Guy, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Bad Guys. There are also some great new titles rooted in Latino cultural traditions or featuring Latino/Latina characters, including Merci Suárez Changes Gears and Sal & Gabi Break the Universe (the first in a fun new time travel series).

With Día’s emphasis on recognizing and celebrating multiple cultures, it bears pointing out that the Library District offers books in a variety of languages and formats, from picture books in Arabic to Baro af-Soomaali, a board book in Somali produced by Seattle’s Somali population in partnership with the Seattle Public Library.

Visit your local District library to discover these titles and more!

Sheri Boggs

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