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

A graphic with the text "April 30 Celebrate throughout 2023 Read to your children and celebrate Bookjoy every day

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) is proud to support libraries and literacy nonprofits that participate in Lone Star Día. Please use the resources below in support of your Lone Star Día programming.

A drawing of three children dancing and holding books underneath the text Children's Day, Book Day - El día de los niños, El día de los librosCelebrate Lone Star Día with Us!

Children’s Day, Book Day (El día de los niños, El día de los libros) is a celebration of children, culture, and literature, founded by author, literacy advocate, and native Texan Pat Mora and celebrated every April 30.

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

Use our Lone Star Día images to create your own celebration fliers and advertisements (PDFs).

Vision for Children's Day/Book Day (PDF) – By founder 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!

Read a Q&A with Pat Mora.

Personalize this Children's Day, Book Day (PDF) flier with your organization's logo or website.

Watch a video encouraging participation from founder Pat Mora


Watch a Video / Share a Video

We hope libraries, schools, universities, literacy organizations, and all who wish to promote Día 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.

Lone Star Día Grants

On even numbered years, grants for the First Book Marketplace are made available through the Texas Center for the Book, administered through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In 2018, 2020, and 2022, this grant program was made possible through a partnership with First Book and the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. Please check back in 2024 for this opportunity. If you are interested in supporting these grants, please visit: https://www.txlaf.org.


Page last modified: March 29, 2023