What is Children's Day, Book Day - El día de los niños, El día de los libros?

A painting of children playing and holding books with the text Children's Day, Book Day - El día de los niños, El día de los librosThe Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) is proud to support libraries and literacy nonprofits that participate in Lone Star Día. Please apply for your Lone Star Día Grant and use the below resources to support your Lone Star Día programming.

NOW OPEN – Apply for a $200 Lone Star Día Grant!

The Lone Star Día Grant program is open to libraries and literacy nonprofit organizations serving children in need. We invite you to apply for a $200 credit toward brand new books from the First Book Marketplace to help support your upcoming Día celebration in April 2020! Lone Star Día Grants are made available through the Texas Center for the Book, which is administered through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The grant program is made possible through a partnership with First Book and through the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas.

How to apply for a 2020 Lone Star Día Grant:

  1. Sign up with First Book (if you are not already a member). Access to First Book (and the Lone Star Día Grant program) requires that libraries meet the criteria of serving children in need. If your library serves at least 70% of children from low-income families, has an E-Rate of 90, serves as a summer meals site, partners with a local Title I school, nearby Head Start, food pantry or other agency to deliver programming for kids in need, you are eligible to sign up! For more information please check out First Book’s eligibility requirements or feel free to contact them at 1-866-READ-NOW or help@firstbook.org.
  2. Fill out the Lone Star Día Grant application. Apply now!
  3. Awards will be determined by the Texas Center for the Book in partnership with First Book. Grants will be distributed in early March 2020, so that you have plenty of time to order books for your upcoming Día celebration.

Please note: Grants are awarded in the order they are received. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We have a limited number of Amazon gift cards to share with libraries and literacy nonprofits that do not qualify for First Book. Therefore, be sure to both sign up with First Book and fill out the Lone Star Día Grant application to qualify.

Celebrate Día's 24th Birthday with Us!

In Texas, we call this celebration Lone Star Día. Here are resources to help you, your library, or organization discover Bookjoy every day!

Vision for Children's Day/Book Day (PDF)- Pat Mora

Children's Days/Book Days: Planning for a Día Year (PDF)- Downloadable booklet by Pat Mora

Día Resource Guide (PDF)- Comprehensive Resource Guide - Everything you need to know to do Día

Watch a video encouraging participation from founder Pat Mora

Celebrate Día's 24th Birthday with Us!

In Texas, we call this celebration Lone Star Día. Here are resources to help you, your library, or organization discover bookjoy every day!

Vision for Children's Day/Book Day (PDF)- Pat Mora

Children's Days/Book Days: Planning for a Día Year (PDF)- Downloadable booklet by Pat Mora

Día Resource Guide (PDF)- Comprehensive Resource Guide - Everything you need to know to do Día

Personalize this Children's Day, Book Day flier with your organization's logo or website

 

Watch a Video / Share a Video

We hope libraries, schools, universities, literacy organizations, and all who wish to promote Día in 2019 will post these videos on social media, showcase them on your website and share them with patrons, students and families. We are excited to share these wonderful short Día video spots created by Día Dynamos Christy Vasquez, a retired librarian and Thom Eberhardt, a retired screenwriter.










 

 

Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) Resources

Plan the Party - Celebrating Children and Books: El día de los niños / El día de los libros by Pat Mora and Rose Zertuche Treviño

Free Program Downloads - booklists, planning tools, coloring and activity sheets and more!

Invite Others to the Party - Here's a Press Kit

RSVP to the party - ALSC has a national database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming

Join the Party -  Start a Book Club

Helpful PDFs

Building STEAM with Día Toolkit (PDF)

Día Fact Sheet (PDF)

Celebration Gifts - More Valuable Día Resources!

Look to our page at of celebration resources for links from other celebrating organizations.

Día Webinars

Celebrate Reading with Día: A Conversation with Pat Mora and Mark Smith TSLAC, January 2015

Start Your Día Right: Celebrating El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros at your library! Presented by Jeanette Larson TSLAC, February 2015

Steam and Día: Offering Informal Learning with a Mind Toward Diversity Presented by Amy Koester TSLAC, September 2015

 

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