It is with greatest joy that for our third year in a row, L4LL launches our annual Día Blog Hop! We’ve changed things up a bit this year and will be featuring three Latino authors or illustrators each day between now and Día, Thursday, April 30th. For a look at the complete blog hop schedule, click here.
To kick things off, we once again welcome award-winning author and poet, Pat Mora, as our blog hop’s first contributor. As Día’s founder, it is only fitting that she launch this event…
by Pat Mora
Yea! April: la primavera, and El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, and National Poetry Month, and School Library Month! We’re enjoying a month of immersion (inmersión) in celebrating children, words, books and reading. These are some of my favorite topics.
Sometimes we associate the word immersion with sliding into cool water on a hot day. We can also associate the word with language immersion. People can choose to surround themselves with a language they want to learn by going to a foreign country, Guatemala to learn Spanish, for example.
I’m also thinking about the children and families who move to our country and find themselves immersed, surrounded by English. I’ve written poems for adults and teens about this experience. May those of us fortunate to be bilingual in Spanish and English immerse ourselves in encouraging children to savor the power and pleasure of being bilingual. ¡Adelante juntas!
Pat Mora, born in El Paso, Texas, is an award-winning poet and author of books for adults, teens, and children. Her awards include a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Golden Kite Award, American Library Association Notable Book Awards, and honorary doctorates. 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). The year-long commitment to linking all children to books, languages and cultures, and of sharing what Pat calls “bookjoy,” culminates in celebrations across the country in April. Pat lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.