Ready for Día?

Known by many names like el dia de los ninos (Children’s Day), el dia de los libros (Book Day), but more commonly known as Día, April 30th is a day in celebration of all children and literacy of diverse books. Nationally recognized, Día is a day that emphasizes the importance of connecting children and their families to books supporting their culture, heritage, and language.

Some interesting resources to check out:

  • Día Bookclub Toolkit
    • This is great way to save time and energy for last minute planning! Toolkit will include recommended books for children of certain ages, added discussion questions, and sample agenda for any child, parent, or library staff member who wants to celebrate.
  • Awards for Participation
    • A serious motivation to any person who celebrates Día in their library or the community.
  • Webcasts for Assisted Planning
    • Need assistance in planning? These free webinars will help in designing a plan for Día and learn more about other multicultural programs.
  • Facebook chats, blogs, and additional websites
    • These useful resources will help in any other planning or information on multicultural children’s’ books that one might need.

For all these tools and more, visit

Celebrating Día’s 25th Anniversary, we at the Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University would like you to join us in commemorating Día so that “Each Story Matters, Every Child Counts”.

(Cited from the American Library Association Día website)

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ALA Recap (a bit behind schedule)

I’m back from a lovely extended visit to the Gulf Coast, first to ALA Annual in New Orleans then some vacation time in the Florida Panhandle! Amazing and rejuvenating all the way around.

NOLA sign

I promised a quick recap when I returned, so here are some of the highlights:

The Opening Session with Michelle Obama was awesome! She was warm, funny, and inspired a great conversation about work/life balance and the importance of building a supportive community for yourself. Excited for her upcoming memoir Becoming (Penguin, 2018) to hit stores in November.michelle-obama.jpg


jason reynolds

I was this close (HA!) to Jason Reynolds.

Had an amazing morning at the Coretta Scott King book awards breakfast. The award and honor book winners were as eloquent as expected, but surprised me with their humility and respect for their readers. I was also fortunate to find myself at a table full of smart and resourceful women who reminded me why I love librarians so much!

emilio estevez


I was convinced (without much arm-twisting) to abandon my plans for a couple hours to attend a screening of The Public (which will come out this fall) and a Q & A with the movie’s writer/director/star Emilio Estevez and Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness (ALA, 2018). The movie was both heartwarming and heartbreaking– I highly recommend!

brangwain spurge

Was so lucky to be invited to lunch with M.T Anderson and Eugene Yelchin to discuss their new book The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Candlewick, 2018). Eugene and Tobin were smart and charming, and lunch was delicious— I couldn’t ask for more! The book is next up on my to-be-read list and with its elfin historian and goblin archivist promises to be as delightful as lunch!

And no New Orleans recap would be complete without a restaurant recommendation, so if you find yourself near the NOLA convention center, might I suggest:milkshake

  • Cochon Butcher—The roast beef sandwich was perfect and marinated brussels sprouts—WOW!
  • Auction House Market—This entire place is cool, but I highly recommend the vegan mint and brownie milkshake at Mac & Moon, it’s extra cool (and sweet)!