T  O  O  L    K  I  T

RESOURCES for librarians, teachers, 
parents, students, & community organizations

This Tool Kit is made possible by a grant 
from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Audience: 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.

Objectives: 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 Latino/Hispanic youth.

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 cultural interests.

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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Please send email to tla@txla.org  •  Last update: Thursday, August 19, 2010