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April 16th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Celebrating El Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a month-long celebration of children and books which culminates on April 30. As a bookworm, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate reading and children! Día, as it’s now known, was created back in 1996 by the talented writer Pat Mora, who has  penned countless bilingual and bicultural children’s books — many of which are favorites at our house.

One of those is ”Book Fiesta,” which is specifically about this awesome celebration and includes great ideas on how you can honor kids and books. One of those ideas sounds so fun and easy that I figured it’d be a good idea to share it with you:

Host a Book Fiesta with food, music and games making sure books are at the center of the celebration! You can select one book as a theme for the party and decorate your home accordingly. In terms of activities, you can get children to dress up as their favorite book characters or make their own books and/or bookmarks. Another great option is to include storytellers or puppet shows, which kids always find super entertaining. Finally, you can give books as party favors.

Even if you don’t have the time to organize a book party, you can still celebrate this day by giving your children a brand new book. The idea is to them know you’re celebrating them and the importance of reading. I’ve made this a tradition in my house and my daughter is already counting the days to Día. I think this time around, she gets to choose her own book… as long as it’s either bilingual or in Spanish.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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