El Día de Los Niños 2018
El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Día) is an international celebration of youth, cultures, languages and literacies. Día provides young people with meaningful, life-changing experiences with books, famous authors/poets/storytellers, and the opportunity to tell their own stories and connect to the ASU experience.
Since 2011, we have been hosting Día on the ASU Tempe campus. Each year our celebration has grown (from 200 the first year to a high of 600), winning the 2013 Raul and Estele Mora Award for the best Día event in the country.
On May 14, 2018, approximately 500 middle and high school students from throughout Arizona will visit the ASU Tempe Campus for our Eighth annual Día celebration. Dr. Gloria Velasquez (PhD, Stanford; Featured in York’s 100 History Making Ethnic Women), author of the award winning Roosevelt High School young adult series, will be one of two featured keynote authors. Ray Villareal, thirty-year veteran teacher and literacy coach in the Dallas, Texas, public schools and author of seven award-winning books for young adults, will also present, reprising his popular Día appearance from six years ago.
All students attending will have their choice of a book written and personally signed for them by Ray or Gloria. In addition, fourteen famous young adult authors from the Phoenix area and ASU’s top literacy faculty will be presenting hands-on interactive literacy workshops. All students will receive a free book written by our featured keynote authors.
Your contribution will help provide a life-changing literacy experience to hundreds of young people.