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.

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