Here’s what Mora told Mamiverse about what the celebration means to her, and what she hopes it means to children and families everywhere.
Mamiverse: What inspired you to create Día? Mora: When in 1996, I learned about the Mexican tradition of annually celebrating El día del niño on April 30, I thought: what fun and how important it could be for those of us who love children and books to work together to create a new annual tradition, what we now call Día. Annually, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Nuestros niños want their day too, a special day. Día has grown to be a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures.
Mamiverse: What do you hope Día will accomplish? Mora: Holidays and national celebrations are reminders to us that celebrations unite. Wanting to share what I call bookjoy, I believed that we need an annual occasion to celebrate children; and for local and national communities to convey in creative ways: we think our kids are wonderful. Hooray for our kids and their potential! I also know the wonder and power of books. Not being an active reader will limit a child’s educational success; being a reader transforms and enriches a life.
Mamiverse: How can our mamis become involved in Día? Mora: