Plaza Voices: “El Día del Niño” or “Day of the Child”

 “El Día del Niño” or “Day of the Child” is a celebration that originated in Mexico and dates back to 1925. It is celebrated each year on April 30th. This day is about recognizing the importance of children in society and promoting their well being. It is also a celebration for children.

The American Library Association recognizes Día del Niño (Día for short) as a “national initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.”

Last year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Denver Public Library was forced to cancel all of its Día del Niño activities. Traditionally the Denver Public Library would partner with the Denver Art Museum and host various dance groups that highlight Denver’s diverse multicultural communities. 

This year, the Denver Public Library is committed to safely celebrating Día del Niño and children everywhere. Piñata making kits are available for pick up at your local library branch (limited supplies are available) and virtual programs will be happening all week.

April 19th, 4-5 p.m. - Piñata Making Workshop with ideaLabs

April 22nd, 3:30-4 p.m. - Los Machetes Dance Class with Colorado Ballet and Little University

April 24th - El Día del Niño Fiesta with Cultural Inclusivity Services

2:00-2:30 p.m. - Shadow Puppet Storytelling

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Dance Performance 

3:00-3:30 p.m. - Piñata Breaking Party

In addition to these programs and activities, you can read various children’s books to celebrate this holiday. The Read.Play.Learn website has some amazing suggestions to help you get started. 

If you have any questions about these activities and resources, please feel free to email us at nap@denverlibrary.org.

Written by Naghem Swade on April 19, 2021