ALSC announces the Día Family Book Club Curriculum

The following press release was just sent out on the ALSC website. Read on for more information about adding a Family Book Club to your Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros celebrations at your library.



Joanna Ison
Program Officer for Projects & Partnerships
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the release of the Día Family Book Club Curriculum. As an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, the Día Family Book Club is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality.

“The Día initiative is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures,” said ALSC President Starr LaTronica. “This great resource by children’s librarians and for children’s librarians will allow libraries across the country to do just that.”

All lesson plans are available to download and print for free through the Día website. The Día Family Book Club Toolkit is also available; released in 2013 this toolkit takes librarians wishing to create a program through the step by step process.

Lesson plans for the Día Family Book Club Curriculum were created by Sherry Bridges, masters student, the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama; Oralia Garza de Cortes, consultant, Latino Children’s Books; Jamie Holcomb, masters student, the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama; Jamie C. Naidoo, PhD, associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies; Jenna Nemec-Loise, children’s librarian, Chicago Public Library; Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, children’s librarian, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture. The curriculum was created through the Everyone Reads @ your Library grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Additional resources including booklists, coloring and activity sheets, and Día posters are also available online. For more information please visit

2014 Pura Belpré Award Winners

As always, the Pura Belpré award winners are a great source of a few excellent new books to add to your collection that honor the Latino cultural experience and Latino authors. The award celebrates cultural authenticity both by only selecting from books written by Latino authors, but also selecting books that celebrate and affirm the Latino cultural experience in their story lines and illustrations.

yaqui delgado

2014 Author Award Winner

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, written by Meg Medina and published by Candlewick Press
Piedad “Piddy” Sanchez’s life is turned upside down when she finds out that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass. While struggling to deal with the threat on her own, Piddy is forced to explore her identity, her culture and the role of others in her life. Meg Medina writes a powerful story about bullying and resilience.
“Meg Medina tackles the delicate subject of bullying with a masterful skill that uses the perfect combination of strong characters, suspense and vivid imagery,” said Tobar.
nino wrestles the world

2014 Illustrator Award Winner

Niño Wrestles the World, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
Presenting Niño! Our underdressed lucha libre hero defeats almost all comers. Yuyi Morales’ clever use of fonts, text bubbles, word art and vibrant illustrations energizes this world-class wrestling match. The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
“Yuyi Morales does it again with the rollicking story of Niño, a boy who battles icons from Mexican popular culture in the lucha libre ring,” said Pura Belpré Award Committee Chair Ruth Tobar.

2014 Author Honor Books

the living

The Living, written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company
In a thrilling survival story, Shy’s summer job on a cruise ship becomes a fight for his life. This page-turner adventure also raises important cultural and sociological issues.
pancho rabbit

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, written and
illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Duncan Tonatiuh has written the emotional story of the effects of undocumented immigration on those who leave and those who stay behind. Through traditional folk elements, readers follow young Pancho Rabbit in his arduous journey across the border in search of his father as he tries to keep his family together.
lightning dreamer


The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company


Tula fights for freedom and education for herself, and ultimatelyfor women, slaves and dissenters, in Margarita Engle’s poetic story of the nineteenth-century Cuban abolitionist and writer, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.

2014 Illustrator Honor Books

tito puenteTito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

In this vibrant, bilingual portrayal of Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, Rafael López conveys the rhythm and movement of this musical legend through the use of bold colors, swirly lines, and carefully placed word art.

maria had a little llama

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita Pequeña, illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Maria and her llamita will delight young audiences in this adaptation of the traditional rhyme. Angela Dominguez’s exciting use of perspective, line, color and Peruvian-inspired details adds interest and humor to each page.
pancho rabbit
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
Using Meso-American-inspired art and collage, Duncan Tonatiuh takes readers on a journey through the textured landscapes of the Mexico-United States border as Pancho Rabbit searches for his father. Vivid hues reflect the changing emotional tone of the story.
**All book information on this page comes from the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Pura Belpré Award Page. For more information about the award and past winners, visit

Did You Know…?

  • There are approximately 452,000,000 Spanish speakers world wide.
  • According to the Census Bureau 2008 data, nearly 1 in 6 Americans, or 46.9 million people, are Latino. Even more importantly for chlidren’s librarians, 44% of children under the age of 18, and 47% of children under 5 are Latino. (Census factfinder)
  • There are 20 countries that have Spanish as an official language, and at least 4 other countries where Spanish is also an important language.
  • According to the “Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries” study conducted in 2008, approximately 78% of public libraries in the United States offer some sort of services in Spanish. (For more information, you can find the survey here)