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Día 2021

Today is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a "celebration of children, families, and reading...that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Día -- read about its history here and find resources for 2021 here.

#LibrariansWithSuperpowers (and Horn Book "family members") Sujei Lugo, at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, and Claire Waldron-Gross, at the Egleston Branch, are celebrating Día in a pandemic-safe, creative, and empowering way: with Día DIY story walk packages. From Sujei:

"Each package has cardstock templates and sheet protectors so children can create their own story walks. They also have art materials, hand sanitizers and other goodies thanks to REFORMA Día mini-grant and people that donated. Thank you!!! Can't wait to see kids' faces and creations."

The Pura Belpré Award is also celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, and our upcoming May/June special issue of the Horn Book Magazine -- for which Sujei served as consulting editor -- is devoted to the award and Latinx literature for young people. Additional details to come! 

More for Día:

How are you recognizing and supporting the needs of your bilingual library patrons? How do you celebrate Día? Follow REFORMA and Latinx in Kid Lit for more.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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