RESOURCES for librarians, teachers,
parents, students, & community organizations
Tool Kit is made possible by a grant
from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Introduction to the Tool Kit
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The purpose of this document is to increase the awareness and
participation of the El día de los niños/El día de los libros
celebration. The tool kit is designed as a "how to" manual
for librarians/teachers, both experienced and new to their respective
fields, wanting to prepare such a celebration. Some librarians/teachers
may use the ideas to supplement general El día de los niños
celebrations in their communities. Others will use the programming
suggestions for their own El día
de los niños/El día de los libros celebrations focusing
exclusively on children and their literacy.
Although members of El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Committee recognize that celebrations around Texas involve children from
many countries and cultures who speak a variety of languages, this
particular tool kit will highlight resources and ideas for serving
Spanish/English-speaking children. While the books may change, and the
practices presented here can be adapted for other language groups, this
guide will focus on Spanish language materials and books about
And although the Texas Library Association recognizes that El
día de los niños/El día de los libros celebrations may well
incorporate a number of non-book related activities, this guide will
present suggestions directly related to literacy and literature.
Activities can be used alone, be grouped together, or function as a part
of El día de los niños celebration that brings together many
This tool kit is provided for librarians and library staff, both those
fluent in Spanish and English and those possessing only one language,
working with children in both school and public libraries. Although this
tool kit is aimed at non-Spanish-speaking librarians, the ideas and
programs should also prove of interest to those fluent in both languages
who are working with children in both school and public libraries.
Materials Cited in
the Tool Kit: Most of the children’s books and media, as well as professional
references, are noted in the tool kit with only author and title.
Complete citations can be found in the accompanying bibliography.
Information contained in this tool kit is free of copyright restrictions
for non-commercial use if the Texas Library Association is credited.
The Tool Kit is presented here in
sections as PDFs.
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