L4LL’s Free Día eBook

L4LL's Dia eBook Cover


Happy Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros/Day of Children, Day of Books!  We hope that you have followed along and enjoyed this year’s L4LL Día Blog Hop as much as we have. We would like to thank all of the wonderful Latino authors and illustrators for contributing such revealing pieces, as well as all the top Latina bloggers who over the last 24 days published the works on their websites.

Last year, we gave away a set of free Latino children’s literature titles to a school. This year, we wanted to do something that would benefit all of our readers. When one of last year’s authors suggested that we compile all of the authors’ written contributions and make them available in an eBook format for educators and families, we loved the idea.

We proudly announce our first free eBook available to download in a pdf format of last year’s 20 essays contributed by the Latino authors, illustrators, and voice actor.  2014 contributions will available at a later date.

We hope that you–educators and families–download our free L4LL 2013 Día eBook, read the authors’ original, personal essays, and then show your support for them–many who publish independently or by small presses–by purchasing their books for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and students.

To download your free eBook, you can visit our Free Downloads page, or just click on the link below.

L4LL’s 2013 Día eBook

Pat Mora Kicks Off Día Blog Hop

Día Planning Booklet

Pat Mora for the Día Blog Hop

We are so proud to bring to you the 2nd Día Blog Hop! You can find the full schedule of authors/illustrators and blogs here. Here to kick off this year’s blog hop is Día founder, writer and poet Pat Mora…

A Día Blog Hop! Such a clever idea, and today we begin the Second Annual Hop. Many times we have creative ideas, but in our busy world, we lose interest and what could have been a fun and effective tradition to share becomes a one-time-only event, so congratulations, felicitaciones, to our persistent Blog planners! Let’s enjoy the fun.

Before 1996 when the idea for Día zapped me on the head, April meant spring and my youngest’s birthday—on April 30th actually. You can learn about Día’s history, our Día Dynamos and Partners, and download our Planning Booklet on the Día section of my website. When I learned that Día was celebrated in Mexico on April 30th, I told my daughter, Cissy, that on the 30th, all over the country, we were celebrating children, sharing bookjoy—and celebrating her birthday too ;)

Día Planning Booklet

Because so many Día celebrations are held across the country, and because I believe in community control, we say that Día is celebrated on or near April 30th. In the back of Book Fiesta I give suggestions as I do on my site and stress that April celebrations can be held at home, schools, libraries, community organizations, parks, universities, etc. Día began as a one-day celebration and became 1. A year-long commitment to creative literacy promotion for all children and 2. Annual April celebrations of Children and of Sharing Bookjoy with children and families.

Día is an opportunity to create a national tradition. Join us! As we the celebrate Mothers in May and Fathers in June, together, let’s create the tradition of celebrating children and books, niños y libros, in April. LET’S DO THIS! Create or support an April celebration in your community. I still want to see a YouTube video of a creative Día flash mob. There’s a Día song and you can create your own music. Día is fun, and yet it’s important work since literacy is essential in a democracy.


Pat lives in Santa Fe but was born and spent much of her life in El Paso, Texas. She is an award-winning poet and author of books for adults, teens, and children. A former teacher and university administrator, she is the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day (Día). Pat is married to an anthropology professor and is the mother of three adult children and a sweet granddaughter. Pat is very excited that she now has a co-author, her daughter Libby Martinez. This April their first two books are being published, I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! English and Spanish editions.

L4LL’s 2014 Día Blog Hop

L4LL 2014 Día Blog Hop

L4LL 2014 Día Blog Hop

Last year, Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) launched the first Día Blog Hop in honor of Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros which is celebrated annually on April 30th. Established in the United States by poet and author Pat Mora, Día is a celebration of books and children. Libraries and schools across the country recognize it by hosting their own events. (You can find a complete list of these events here on the official Día website.)

This year, we are happy to announce that we have increased the number to two dozen Latino authors/illustrators paired with top Latina bloggers in comparison with last year’s 20! Starting here on our site on April 6th, a different author/illustrator will appear on a different blog, writing an original short article or creating an original illustration in support of Latino children’s literacy. The Día Blog Hop concludes on April 30th here on L4LL, culminating with a special announcement.

To follow along, here is a schedule of the participating blogs and the authors/illustrators with which they are paired. As each article goes live, I will be updating this schedule with a direct link. Bookmark this page for easy reference!

April 6th – Pat Mora on Latinas for Latino Lit

April 7th – Amy Costales on MommyMaestra

April 8th – Duncan Tonatiuh on The Wise Latina Club

April 9th – Alma Flor Ada on La Familia Cool

April 10th – Lupe Ruiz-Flores on The Other Side of the Tortilla

April 11th – Magdalena Zenaida on De Su Mama

April 12th – Christina Rodriguez on My Friend Betty Says

April 13th – Lulu Delacre on Atypical Familia

April 14th – René Saldaña on Tech Food Life

April 15th – John Parra on Modern Mami

April 16th – Graciela Tiscareno-Sato on Unknown Mami

April 17th – Amada Irma Pérez on Mama Latina Tips … y en español

April 18th – Maya Gonzalez on PearMama

April 19th – Talia Aikens-Nuñez on Growing up Blackxican

April 20th – Monica Brown on Moms LA

April 21st – Meg Medina on Latinaish

April 22nd – Irania Patterson on Living Mi Vida Loca

April 23rd – René Colato-Laínez on Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

April 24th – Laura Lacámara on Mami Talks

April 25th – James Luna on Ezzy Languzzi
& Mara Price on Ahorros para Mama

April 26th – Kathleen Contreras on Family is Familia

April 27th – Joe Cepeda on Justice Jonesie

April 28th – Isabel Campoy on Growing Up Bilingual

April 29th – Margarita Engle on My Big Fat Cuban Family

April 30th – A special announcement on Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL)