NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrations featuring
beloved radio personalities, bestselling authors and scholars, parents,
educators, librarians and children nationwide focus attention on literacy
in both English and Spanish.
El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day),
known as Dia, is a year-round celebration that is officially recognized
annually on April 30. Founded by children's book author Pat Mora in 1996
and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),
the day highlights the importance of literacy among children of all ages
and of every cultural and linguistic background. The celebration culminates
on April 30 with a range of festivities across the U.S., and serves to kick
off Latino Books Month in May. These events also support the national Get
Caught Reading!/Aja! Leyendo public awareness literacy campaign, which
features public figures getting "caught" reading their favorite books in
both English and Spanish.
The Association of American Publishers has teamed with ALSC to present
a recommended reading list of children's books published by AAP members,
intended to foster "bookjoy" and encourage families to read together on
April 30, and every day. Books on the list include those in English and in
Spanish as well as bilingual titles, nonfiction, picture books, and novels,
all celebrating Latino culture and Latin American identity.
April 30 Dia Events in Miami and New York: Great for Live Broadcast
Shots or Media Interviews!
New York City Hosts Univision's Dra. Isabel: Wednesday, April 30
5:30 - 6:30 pm Queens Public Library, Jackson Heights Branch, 35-51
81st Street. Beloved Univision radio personality Dra. Isabel, reads in
Spanish to children from her children's book, La cancion de Gabriela: Como
me adapto a un lugar nuevo? (Gabriela's Song: How Do I Adapt to a New
Place?) published by Rayo/HarperCollins Publishers. The book features a
little girl named Gabriela, who shares her fears about her family's move to
a new country, the United States, and teaches young readers how to deal
with their own feelings. At 6 pm Dra. Isabel reads to parents from her
adult title, Los 7 pasos para ser mas feliz: Como liberarte del estres, las
preocupaciones y las angustias del pasado, published by Vintage Espanol.
The program will offer advice on developing healthy relationships,
preparing a path to success, and finding true happiness. This appearance
follows her educational panel earlier in the day at the offices of
children's book publisher Scholastic to volunteers from Learning Leaders, a
nonprofit organization that provides education to tutors supporting over
960 public schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Miami, Florida's Books & Books Hosts Children's Reading: Wednesday,
4 pm - 6:30 pm Books & Books, 265 Eragon Avenue, Miami, FL. Recognized
as one of the nation's leading bookstores in offerings of books in Spanish
and English nationwide, Books & Books plans to support El dia de los ninos
by hosting third-graders from Coral Way K-8 Center, the nation's first dual
language school, who will kick off the afternoon by reciting classic
Spanish poems at 4 pm. Following, Dr. Barbara Zurer Pearson, Ph.D., will
give a presentation on raising bilingual children and provide insights to
an audience of eager parents from her book Raising a Bilingual Child,
published by Random House. To close, a middle school theater troupe from
Coral Way will perform their play, "Pueblo de las mujeres" by Hermanos
Alvarez Quintero, in the courtyard.
To learn more about Dia, please visit http://www.ala.org/dia . For more
information about Get Caught Reading!/Aja! Leyendo, including the
recommended reading list, please visit http://www.getcaughtreading.org .
ALSC leads the way in forging excellent library service for all
children by supporting the profession of children's librarianship through
education, advocacy and collaboration. For more information about ALSC
awards, projects and events, visit www.ala.org/alsc, or contact the ALSC
office at 800-545-2433, ext. 2163, email@example.com.
REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to
Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, was established in 1971 as an affiliate
of the American Library Association (ALA). REFORMA seeks to promote the
development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino
oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural
library professionals and support staff; the development of library
services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the
establishment of a national information and support network among
individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino
population in regards to the availability and types of library services;
and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving
the interests of Latinos.
About the Association of American Publishers
AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing
industry. The association's more than 300 members include most of the major
commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and
non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP
members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational
materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional
markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and
services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the
defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and
abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the
association's highest priorities.
About the AAP Publishing Latino Voices for America Task Force
AAP formed the Publishing Latino Voices for America Task Force in 2002
in response to the burgeoning market of books by and for Latinos with a
mission to address those issues that are of particular concern to
publishers in this market. The PLVA has expanded its activism to include
participation in the Get Caught Reading campaign, BookExpo America, Latino
Books Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the inaugural Las Comadres and
Friends National Latino Book Club. To find out more about the PLVA or El
dia de los ninos bibliography, contact Tina Jordan at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-255-0200 ext. 263.
SOURCE Association of American Publishers