El dia de los niños/El dia de los libros

Image: el dia de los ninos / el dia de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day

UNM-Taos Library and Leaping Lizards School
Celebrated el Dia de los Niños / el Dia de los Libros
Day of the Children / Day of the Book
On April 30, 2014

When in 1996, I learned about the Mexican tradition of annually celebrating el día del niños on April 30, I thought: what fun and how important it could be for those of us who love children and books to work together to create a new annual tradition, what we now call Día. Annually, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Nuestros niños want their day too, a special day. Día has grown to be a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures.”            ~   Pat Mora, Latina Author and Poet

Each year UNM-Taos Library collaborates with a different school to celebrate “Dia.” In 2014 the activities were at Leaping Lizards School and Summer Camp.

Leaping Lizards’ school curriculum is based on the belief that children possess a natural curiosity and a need for creative discovery. By exposing children to a variety of ideas, activities and facts, you can help them use their skills in imagination, observation and critical thinking to understand new concepts.

The UNM-Taos Library has a commitment to helping the college students learn critical thinking skills so this collaboration seemed a good fit.

We Encourage you to Celebrate Children throughout our
Community on this special day, and each and every day

Image: UNM-Taos Head Librarian reading a book to the Children on Dia! day


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

El Dia de Los Niños / El Dia de Los Libros (Children's Day \ Book Day) Presented by UNM-Taos Library 2008-2014

2014 – At Leaping Lizards School and Summer Camp. This event was focused on “Reading, Recycling, and Relating to Children through Books” We encourage you to Celebrate Children throughout our Community on this special day, and each and every day.

Image: Vegetable Platters as a person and a flower for the children

2013 – At the UNM-Taos Kid’s Campus the 7th graders from The COOP Charter School came for Earth Day. The children planted vegetable and flower seeds in handmade origami pots, colored some sheets with crayons and read books about gardening.

2012 – Taos High School Drama class performed a play at the new Enos Garcia Elementary School Library. Mayor Darren Cordova delivered the proclamation.

2011 – Taos Pueblo Day School and Enos Garcia Elementary School connected over Skype and learned about storytelling together.  

2010 – UNM-Taos Childcare Center (Klauer) hosted this event. There was a KXMT Radio Interview with Roberto Mondragon, Larry Torres, Music by Taos Middle School Mariachi Band at the Taos Middle School Library.

2009 – Rocky Mountain Youth corps volunteered at Taos Elementary School library and Enos Garcia Elementary School. Also included in this event was Retablo painting with local artist Lydia Garcia and a puppets collection performance by Sallie and Bob Blair.

2008 – Wise Fool (Alessandra Ogren & Rebekah Tarin) of New Mexico presented “The Secret of Joy,” a puppet show about the friendship, fear and persistence of honeybees at the UNM-Taos Library.
Image: The Wise Fool individual giving a puppet show for Dia day 2008

Books List

The Curious Garden - by Peter Brown
PZ7.B81668 Cu 2009

The Tiny Seed - by Eric Carle
Location:  P27 C21476 1987

Growing Vegetable Soup - by Lois Ehlert
Location:  PZ7 E3225 Gr 1987

Planting a Rainbow - by Lois Ehlert
Location: PZ7 E3225 Pl 1988

Little Pea - by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Location:  P27 R719445 2005

Let's Eat! / ¡A Comer! - by Pat Mora
Location: PZ73 .M637 2007


Our library staff is dedicated to creating community spaces that cultivate the love of lifelong learning, and committed to creating sustainable change in childhood literacy, language and cultural and social skills. Our library collections contain significant numbers of culturally relevant print and non-print media materials that can support on-site and off-site programs and services. We believe our partnerships will enable us to increase public awareness of Día, and its goals in our community.


Día Book List Brochure (PDF)

National Día Site

Dia Footer

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Kari Hauge
Library Info. Specialist 3

Linda M Lange
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