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April 30

Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!

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Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!

Grades 3 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

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Developed under the leadership of author Pat Mora, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives. El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros is supported by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, an ALA affiliate that provides library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community.

 

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Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros by having students write and share their own multilingual stories:

  • Read a book with parallel stories with the class, such as La Llorona: The Weeping Woman or The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El Dia Que Nevaron Tortillas, both by Joe Hayes. With students, examine the way that the books tell the story in two different languages.

  • Arrange students in mixed multicultural groups and explain that together the groups will compose an illustrated, bilingual, or multilingual children's storybook to share with younger students.

  • Return to the parallel stories read by the class to model how students will compose their own stories.

  • Spend time exploring and creating the different parts that make up a professional book: title pages, acknowledgements, and dedications.

  • Use the Book Cover Guide to discuss covers and dust jackets. Have students design these additional parts of the book.

  • Students can use the Book Cover Creator to make the polished covers.

  • Once the books are assembled, students can deliver them to their intended readers for a celebration of Día!

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