Thursday, February 4, 2016

NM State Library and "DIA"

This April the NM State Library is encouraging all libraries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Día de los libros, a celebration of reading created by children’s author Pat Mora. It can be as simple as encouraging your patrons to spend some time on April 30th reading to someone special: a parent, a friend, a family member, a beloved pet, their favorite librarian! Or if you’re feeling more ambitious ALSC is encouraging librarians to apply for a mini-grant to help with the costs of a program. Good luck and please send me any photos of any Día celebrations happening around the state!

There have also been 3 Día PSA’s created (all filmed in NM!) and you are free to share them or use them as you wish! I know that there are plans to film at least one more this year and the filmmakers hope to add more every year! Those links are:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy 20th Dia!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

• Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
• Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
• Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
• Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

* Many thanks to our friends at Charlotte Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Library who have supported Dia and successfully promoted it as "Diversity in Action."

Visit our page or for more information.

Dia Turns 20 Mini-grants!

Día Turns 20 Mini-grants - Apply Now!

Happy 20th DíaHave you already started planning for your big Día Turns 20 Celebration? April 30 of 2016 marks 20 years of the celebration of Día as the connection of children and books, so the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a funding opportunity to make the celebration even bigger!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amazon Studios -Latino Matters

Dear Reforma:

My name is Annette Sandoval. I am the author of "Spitfire."

I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but Amazon Studios is looking for the next great movie idea. Anyone can enter and it costs nothing. It's a great platform for Latino writers to submit their manuscripts for serious consideration.
Here's to more films about Latino matters
that show how Latinos matter!

I'm giving it a shot. I hope others do as well.

Happy New Year,
Annette Sandoval

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Pura Belpré awards

2016 Pura Belpré awards

2016 Author Award Winner  

 Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir brings us a memoir in free verse that conveys the story of growing up in two cultures during an era of great tension between the United States and Cuba. Poet Margarita Engle takes her young audience on a journey of longing. It is a story that touches on issues affecting numerous immigrant children today.

2016 Illustrator Award Winner

Drum Dream Girl is a tale about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl in 1930s Cuba, who became a world-renowned drummer. Rafael López’s flawless and detailed illustrations in acrylic paint on wood are warm and vibrant; dynamic, double spread renderings bring to life Millo’s story.