FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book
Texas Center for the Book Celebrates Children and Diversity in Literature
This April, Texans celebrate 23 years of Children’s Day, Book Day (Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros): a celebration of children, culture and literature. The Texas Center for the Book coined the term Lone Star Día for Texas and encouraged statewide participation. Nationally, libraries, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to discover “bookjoy” year-round and most events occur around the official national celebration, April 30th.
Pat Mora, a native Texan, founded Children’s Day, Book Day in 1996 which is celebrated nationally as Día—Diversity in Action—which seeks to link all children to books, languages, and cultures, and to make reading an integral part of children’s lives. Mora chose the Mexican observance of Día de los Niño’s (Children’s Day), April 30, since promoting literacy went hand in hand with supporting the well-being of children.
A national registry displaying state events is available at dia.ala.org, and Texans can find events near them such as story times, family celebrations and cultural meals. This site includes a Free Program Downloads section to access booklists, event posters and sample activities. All libraries, schools and organizations are invited to participate. The website aims to provide easy-to-use materials to make events manageable. All are encouraged to register their event to the National Día Program Registry to attract more participants!
One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and partners with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers for our shared mission of promoting a love of literature to the more than 26 million residents of the Lone Star State. For more information contact Rebekah Manley at 512-936-2505 or visit tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.