El día de los niños/El día de los libros is Children’s Day/Book Day. It’s a celebration of children, families, and reading that happens all over the world, culminating yearly on April 30. Commonly known as “Día,” it celebrates the importance of literacy for children from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

“As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.” (Pat Mora, About Día)

The observance of Día in the United States was founded by Magination Press author, Pat Mora, after she heard how Children’s Day was celebrated in Mexico. She wanted to link the celebration to literacy and bilingualism. The first El día de los niños/El día de los libros was celebrated in April 1997.

Seeing their experiences and cultures positively reflected in books they read builds children’s self-image as well as reading motivation. Magination Press publishes books for children reflecting diverse families, cultures, and experiences. 

In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Magination Press highlights books featuring Latinx families. Each one celebrates family and highlights the richness of culture. Enjoy them with your child!

Three accordions, two grandpas, one family!

Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD

Abuelo speaks Spanish. Opa speaks German. Both play the accordion. The little boy in Accordionly:Abuelo and Opa Make Music, shows great creativity and wisdom as he finds a way to help his grandfathers connect through music.

Colors make the world pretty, colors make the world interesting and beautiful.

Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara, PsyD 

Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Explore the colors of the world, including the peoples’ beautiful and unique colors, with a little girl and her family.

Always amigos!

My Singing Nana by Pat Mora

Billy and his Nana are very close. They love to sing together. When Billy notices that his Nana is forgetting things, his mom explains that she sometimes needs help. When Nana is having a hard day, Billy draws on his special connection with her to include her in a family event.

Reference List

The American Library Association: Together with Dia

Pat Mora: What’s Dia

Related Books from Magination Press

  • Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music

    Michael Genhart, PhD

    When both grandpas, Abuelo and Opa, visit at the same time, they can’t understand each other’s language and there is a lot of silence. The grandson’s clever thinking helps find a way for everyone to share the day together as two cultures become one family.

    This unique book includes a bonus fold-out and a note from the author sharing the true story of his own family.

  • Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family

    Carrie Lara, PsyD

    The world is full of different colors…hundreds of colors, everywhere. People are different colors too. Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Mommy says it is part of our culture and the big word diversity — diversidad.

    Marvelous Maravilloso follows a young girl as she finds joy in the colors of the world all around her, including the colors of her own family.

    Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers.

  • My Singing Nana

    Pat Mora

    “Always amigos!”

    My Singing Nana is a compassionate tribute to families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    This story celebrates the ideals of family, heritage, and happy memories, showing kids that no matter how their loved one might change they always have ways to maintain their special connection.