El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
a Celebration of Childhood and Bilingual Literacy
Activities for Celebration
Suggested activities for Schools, Libraries, Museums, Literacy and Community Organizations:
- Celebrate other languages and being bilingual withposters, banners, murals, speakers, author visits, book fairs and displays.
- Invite parents/family members who speak a language other than English to share bilingual stories and games as honored guests
- Assist young people in writing and illustrating bilingual books
- Involve families in bilingual writing projects such as family stories or neighborhood oral histories.
- Create collaborative community events that foster bicultural pride.
- Create events to encourage family reading, both adults to children and children to family members.
- Present bilingual plays and choral readings.
- Increase bilingual library collections in your community and encourage local bookstores to create bilingual book displays.
- Use the observance to encourage parents who are learning English to utilize the school library by initiating a parent library.
- Invite bilingual community members to speak about the advantages of being bilingual in various fields.
- Publicize your events locally, regionally and nationally.
- Secure business sponsorship of a book distribution project.
- Assist parent groups in writing bilingual collections of traditional songs, recipes, games, and dichos(proverbs), or neighborhood oral histories.
The April 30th observance is endorsed by REFORMA, librarians serving Spanish-speaking populations; MANA, a National Latina Organization; NABE, the National Association of Bilingual Education; and NLCI, the National Latino Children's Institute.
Quien habla dos lenguas, vale por dos.