[kids-lib] Dia de los Ninos

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Tue Apr 13 09:25:45 PDT 2010

Hello!  I just received the following resource that may be useful for implementing Dia in your library from my counterpart at the Indiana State Library, Michele Farley.  Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros is a national celebration of books, reading, and children and families from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds at the end of April.  

Below (and attached) is the timeline of activities that Michele calls "Countdown to Dia".


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528

Countdown to Dia 
Each weekday in the month of April we'll feature a different idea or activity to help make this year's Dia celebration your best yet!
April 1:
Print the Dia brochure from the ALSC website: This bilingual brochure features tips on reading to and with children, a list of recommended books, a list of recommended Web sites, and more. Download and print as many copies as you need.
April 2:
Check out founder Pat Mora's Dia website.  Learn about the history of Dia, get ideas for planning your school or library event and find educational resources.
April 5:
Download the booklist of titles for Dia 2010:
April 6:
Take a look at the interactive map of Dia events.  You can get great ideas from schools and libraries of all sizes.
April 7:
Send your favorite readers a special Dia e-card:
April 8:
Print bookmarks for your kids:
April 9:
Listen to and learn the El Dia do los Ninos song at the National Latino Children's Institute website.
April 12:
Find lots of craft ideas, programming suggestions and activities in the Random House Dia toolkit.
April 13:
Get inspired!  Take a look at the success of the Dia celebration at the El Paso Public Library.  They've had up to 30,000 attendees at past Dia celebrations!
April 14: 
Download Dia logos in black and white or color for your webpage or handouts.
April 15:
Teach your students and patrons how to say "Hello" in different languages.  You can find several examples at Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/div/hello/index.html
April 16:
Introduce myths from different cultures: http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/myths.htm
April 19:
Make a display of books that have won the Pura Belpré Award.  A list of winners and honors can be found here:
April 20:
Calfornia is a Dia State.  Take a look at the website full of resources they've gathered to help celebrate:
April 21:
The Batchelder Award books are a great way to introduce other countries and cultures to your readers.  For a list of winners and for more information about the award, check out the website:
April 22: 
For a great icebreaker with older kids try this game where kids explain where their name comes from:
April 23:
Try a multicultural storytime with several titles from the Cooperative Children's Book Center's 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know list:
April 26:
Looking for a way to celebrate Dia with your teens?  How about doing a multicultural book club?  You can find great titles on the Cooperative Children's Book Center's list of 30 Multicultural Books for Teens:
April 27:
Celebrate Dia with a display or program of fairytales across several cultures.  Here's a great resource for finding stories: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/
April 28:
Play a traditional game from another country.  A great list of games and instructions can be found here:
April 29:
If you are looking for craft and art ideas for celebrating Dia, look no further:
April 30: 
Learn about traditional folk dances.  This site shares information about the dances, costumes and traditions of several countries:
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