Celebrating Literacy and Diversity with Día

Celebrating Literacy and Diversity with Día
Laura Schulte-Cooper, Senior Program Officer, ALSC

Diverse literature belongs in every classroom and library–on the shelves and in the hands of children, librarians, and teachers. It is essential for Black, Indigenous and children of color, and it is essential for providing all children understanding of the world in which they live. The challenge for librarians, teachers, and others is identifying authentic, reliable books. Cooperative Children’s Book Center University of Wisconsin, Madison

The Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) initiative, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. It emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds and is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures. Every year, libraries, schools, and other organizations across the country celebrate Día in their communities with programming and other festive events.

The Día reading lists are a valuable resource created each year in conjunction with the Día initiative. The lists are compiled by the members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting committee. This year’s lists are available in English and Spanish and highlight many wonderful and award-winning titles and topics that engage kids. The lists are broken down by grade levels: birth to preschool; K-Grade 2; Grades 3-5; and Grades 6-8.

The lists are free to download and share with families. And they also are great tools for reader’s advisory and for classroom/library collection development.

Does your institution celebrate Día?

ALSC invites libraries, schools, and community organizations to register their upcoming Día programs. The National Día Program Registry provides a searchable database showcasing all types of programs and events that highlight Children’s Day/Book Day and Diversity In Action. In addition, the registry provides a space where planners can share diversity programming ideas and best practices with colleagues around the country. Share your program using the 2024 National Día Program Registry Form.

If you have any questions about Día or the reading lists, please contact us at alsc@ala.org.

Author: Association for Library Service to Children



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