El Día de Los Niños 2019
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 Arizona State University experience. We have been hosting Día on the ASU Tempe campus since 2011, and each year our celebration has grown. In 2013 we were the first university to win the Raul and Estele Mora Award for the best Día event across the country.
On May 9, 2019, we will host approximately 500 middle and high school students from throughout Arizona on the ASU Tempe Campus for our 9th annual Día celebration. Our keynote speakers include book illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal, winner of the 2018 American Library Association Pura Belpré Award; author David Bowles, winner of the School Library Journal Best Book of 2018 Award; spoken word poet Tomas Stanton, cofounder of Phonetic Spit, Phoenix’s premiere spoken word poetry center for youth; and novelist, and filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, 2014 Stonewall Book Award winner.
This year we will be presenting the first-ever Flores Family Award to Vivian and George Flores and their daughters, Tracey, Stephanie, and Stacey, and their granddaughter Mila. The Flores family founded the ASU El Día celebration and supported in through generous gifts and supplying an army of workers over the years.
All students attending will have their choice of a book written and personally signed for them by e.E. or David. 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.
Your contribution will help provide a life-changing literacy experience to hundreds of young people.