In 1997, author Pat Mora decided that the best way to celebrate things is in threes! There’s a Mother’s Day in May, a Father’s Day in June, but where is the day for kids? With that intention, she founded Children’s Day, Book Day. This April marks 26 years of celebrating this year-long initiative. Striving to inspire all children and their families to be readers, Mora looked for inspiration and found it in the Mexican tradition of celebrating April 30 as El día del niño, the Day of the Child.
Although hundreds of languages are spoken in our country, English is taught to every school child. With Spanish being the second most-spoken, Mora saw situations in which using Spanish made some youngsters feel the celebration wasn’t about or for them. Creating a celebration focused on children’s literacy meant that families could celebrate in any language!
The main focus of the initiative is to generously and creatively inspire our children to be readers. A great way to get started is to choose a special book for April 30. Read the story together and have your child draw and color a poster about the book. Celebrate with a treat and place their work on display! Making reading into something more than turning pages inspires imagination and creativity, which makes it even more fun.