El día de los niños/El día de los libros, April 30

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) is a celebration based on childhood and literacy that began in 1997. Borrowing from the traditional Mexican holiday "El día de los niños," the American version expanded to include literacy when acclaimed author Pat Mora took up the cause in 1997. A year later, the U.S. Congress officially designated April 30 as "Day of the Child."

Authors, Books, and e-Cards

Author and illustrator interviews

Watch Reading Rockets interviews with celebrated Hispanic and Latino children's book authors and illustrators, including Pat Mora — the founder of El día de los niños/El día de los libros.


We've gathered up several collections of recommended books for kids 0–9 years old, many in Spanish and English. Written by well-known Hispanic and Latin American children's authors, the diverse sampling includes traditional songs, bilingual poetry, picture book biographies, and much more.

Illustrated e-cards

Send an e-card

Catch a kid reading… and show how proud you are! Send an e-card to a child, friend, or relative. Ours was created for Reading Rockets by David Diaz, the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of Stormy Night, Roadrunner's Dance, and other books. Our sister site, Colorín Colorado, created an e-card featuring acclaimed illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez's stunning artwork from Nana's Big Surprise.

More día resources from Colorín Colorado

For more information about Pat Mora, an exclusive interview with Mora about día's 15th year (in English and Spanish), additional author interviews (in English and Spanish), bilingual reading resources for families, bilingual activities for children, and related classroom activities, visit our sister site, Colorín Colorado.

Additional resources

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