Celebrate Día: Books for Kids Birth – Grade 2

El día de los niños/El día de los libros, or Children’s Day/Book Day, also known simply as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. Día celebrates children and promotes multicultural and multilingual family literacy. What better way to celebrate than by reading bilingual books to children?

The following titles are recommended for children from birth to grade 2. 

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Abdul’s Story

Abdul loves telling stories but thinks his messy handwriting and spelling mistakes will keep him from becoming an author, until Mr. Muhammad visits and encourages him to persist. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Berry Song

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her Grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back. 


Africa asks her friends to teach her to double-dutch so she can enter a double-dutch competition, but none of her friends know how. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.


In this retelling of an ancient Hawaiian folk tale, four individuals of dual male and female spirit bring their healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii, where they are beloved for their gentle ways and miraculous cures and where they imbue four giant boulders with their powers. Back matter includes authors’ note, historical information, and glossary. You can also check out this title as an eBook or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.


Mina the mouse is very upset when her father brings home a pet “squirrel” that she is certain is a cat. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Off to See the Sea

The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, and toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes for a mother to get her little one clean. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Punky Aloha

Punky loves to do a lot of things except meeting new friends. She doesn’t feel brave enough. So, when her grandmother asks her to go out and grab butter for her famous banana bread, Punky hesitates. But with the help of her grandmother’s magical sunglasses, and with a lot of aloha in her heart, Punky sets off on a BIG adventure for the very first time. 

Song in the City

A young girl, filled with the sounds of her beloved city, shares a song with her grandmother that changes the two forever. After helping Grandma realize that the city makes music as beautiful as the sounds they hear in church on Sunday morning, the two sit down and take in all the sounds of the city…together.