Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos el dia de los Niños/del dia de los Libros
Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos el dia de los Niños/del dia de los Libros

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Annotation: Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate El dia de los ninos, or Children's Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.
Catalog Number: #33725
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Lopez, Rafael,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-128877-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-23595-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-128877-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-23595-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008010545
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
How very appropriate that the first trade book about Children's Day/Book Day should be enthusiastically penned by the founder of this holiday, celebrated annually since 1996 on April 30, the same date as Mexico's Day of the Child. This call to arms for connecting kids and books exhorts everyone to read and have fun in whatever language and locale they choose: "Hooray! Today is our day. ¡El día de los niños! Let's have fun today reading our favorite books. Toon! Toon!" The straightforward, bilingual text in Spanish and English is beautifully illustrated in bright, bold, acrylic paintings that integrate books and letters into timeless scenes of multicultural children cavorting, exploring, and, of course, reading. Turn to the back of the book for more on Mora's inspirations and suggestions for celebrating children's literacy in your own community, and include this book in displays and read-alouds along with Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's Wild about Books (2004) and Born to Read (2008) to make every day un día de los libros.
Horn Book
This volume extends the Mexican celebration of El dia de los ninos (The Day of the Child) by adding books to the mix (El dia de los libros). Mora's rhymed text extols reading anywhere, anytime, and together with anyone. Lopez's rich-hued images of children reading in unexpected places (e.g., an elephant's back) and exotic locales rejoice in imagination and universality.
Kirkus Reviews
A happy assortment of multicultural children, adults and friendly critters celebrate books and reading in recognition of El dia de los ninos / El dia de los libros . Joyful and vibrant scenes convey the theme of the universal pleasures of reading every day and everywhere—under trees and in boats, on trains and planes, in the car and at the library. Imaginative tours take readers on undersea submarine adventures, floating hot-air balloon voyages and travels through space. The fun continues through the night: "Then, snug in our beds, / we read to the moon / and fly away in our books." The cheery and effortless dual English/Spanish text instills a festival atmosphere brilliantly expressed in Lopez's luminous full-page montages of a world of reading opportunities. Mora's suggestions for celebrations across libraries, schools, bookstores, museums and community close out this gala and inspirational affirmation of "a growing nation of readers." A great choice for family readings at primary and nursery programs all year long. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Mora encourages teachers, parents, and librarians to celebrate Children's Day/Book Day and includes ideas for observing the festivities. Written in English and Spanish, the text shows children reading in a variety of places, going to the library, listening to stories, and enjoying books. López's acrylic illustrations fill the pages with color. His upbeat iconic style shows how much fun this celebration can be and portrays round-faced kids reading to a variety of pets and riding an elephant or sailing with a whale. Students will be encouraged to join in the book-based activities. This lively selection will motivate and excite children about the adventures they can go on through reading. Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD490L

This Pura Belpré Award–winning picture book is a bilingual ride through the joyous history of Children’s Day/El día de los niños.

Children’s Day/Book Day; El día de los niños/El día de los libros has been observed on April 30th for over twelve years. Founder Pat Mora’s jubilant celebration of this day features imaginative text and lively illustrations by award-winning illustrator Rafael López that will turn this bilingual fiesta into a hit for story time! Toon! Toon!

The book includes a letter from the author and suggestions for celebrating Children’s Day /El día de los niños.

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