Bringing kids and books from every culture together is the goal of El dia de los libros, and plans for this year’s “Day of Books” are more far-reaching than ever.
In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs and incorporate Día literacy activities into their existing programs throughout the year.
Enter the Follett Challenge for a chance to receive up to $60,000. The American Library Association received a grant to establish a Center for the Future of Libraries. Apply for a Día Family Book Club Mini-Grant.
The Kids in Need Foundation is calling for applications for its classroom grants program. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read, a free resource that promotes comics’ positive impact on readers’ literacy skills. Apply for the Estela and Raúl Mora Award, which recognizes exemplary programming that celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Edie Parsons has won the first Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award that celebrates authors over the age of 50 who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.
As dwindling funds and looming budget cuts reach many of the nation’s public libraries, 12 institutions received $5,000 mini-grants to support programming in their diverse communities. ALSC recently gifted these Día Family Book Club Program awards to expand El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) into an ongoing yearlong celebration. The winning libraries give SLJ some insights into how they garnered the much-needed funds.