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Elizabeth Kennedy

Celebrate Dia with Children's Books

By April 30, 2013

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Cover Art - Book Fiesta!Did you know that today is the 17th anniversary of Children's Day / Book Day, also known as Dia? According to ALSC (What's ALSC?), El día de los niños/El día de los libros - Children's Day/Book Day is an ongoing celebration focusing on children, families, and reading. The culminating event each year is on April 30, with many libraries scheduling special story times and other events. The 2013 Dia reading list of children's books in English/Spanish and the 2013 Dia reading list of children's books in English/Chinese include recent children's books from a variety of cultures.

I also have a special picture book to recommend. It's Book Fiesta! by children's book author and Dia founder Pat Mora. The full title of the book is Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day / Book Day - Celebremos El dia de los niños / El da de los libros, and this bilingual picture book is indeed a celebration. Rafael López, the illustrator of Book Fiesta! received a Pura Belpré Award for the book's festive illustrations, the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Book Fiesta! is a celebration of the joy of reading for children of all cultures and languages. I think that Book Fiesta! has a much broader appeal than just as a book for Dia. It's a children's picture book that many 3- to 6-year-olds will enjoy any time. It's hard to resist a book that is so joyful.

(Cover art courtesy of HarperCollins)

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