Plaza Voices: Día del Niño

The Denver Public Library celebrates Children's Day, or Día del Niño, in the month of April, following the tradition of Mexico and some other Latin American countries that celebrate on April 30.

Children's Day is traced back to the first World Conference on the Wellbeing of Children, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.

In many communities in Mexico, el Día del Niño is a day to celebrate children with things they enjoy. In some schools, lessons are suspended for the day, replaced by games, parties, music, and treats. Some families spend the day out with their kids, attending special activities at parks and community centers. Children may dress in bright colors, and some are even given presents!

In 1996, author Pat Mora had the idea of celebrating Día del Niño in the U.S. as a day to honor children and celebrate bilingual literacy--not just for children of Latinx heritage, but for all children to celebrate and learn about their personal heritage. With the help of partners in the library and education fields, Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) was born.

Celebrate Día del Niño with us this year by attending one of our online storytimes, accessing online books through Overdrive or Tumblebooks, working on a craft, or just having a party to honor the children in your household. And check out the library's Read Play Learn page for more ideas!

Written by Amma R. on April 21, 2020