“Each story matters. Every child counts.”
April 30th is Día! El día de los niños/El día de los libros, or Children’s Day/Book Day, is a celebration of children, books, and literacy. First observed in the US in 1997, Día was developed by children’s author Pat Mora to emphasize the importance of reading and representation for children from all backgrounds.
Reading about different cultures benefits school-age children in several ways. Research shows that students who read multicultural literature can experience:
- Increased understanding and appreciation of other cultures as well as their own
- A better sense of belonging and acceptance in society
- Increased empathy and feelings of connection
- Expanded knowledge of world history and traditions
- Elevated global awareness, interest and perspective
- Improved vocabulary and bilingual skills
We’re so excited to celebrate and share diverse books, languages and cultures this month—and all year long! The following titles are recommended for children in grades 3-5.
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