LITERATURE + LECTURES
Día at Discovery: A Celebration of Children's Day, Book Day
April 20, 2013
Spring is in the air and so is literacy! Celebrate books, languages and cultures with storytelling, music and fun activities as El día de los niños / El día de los libros, Children's Day / Book Day festivities bloom at Houston Public Library Express at Discovery Green.
Stroll near the library branch for the second annual Día at Discovery! Award-winning author Monica Brown (pictured) reads and performs for attendees. Her books include Tito Puente, Mambo King/ Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Harper Collins, 2012), Clara and the Curandera/ Clara y la curandera (Piñata Books, 2011) and Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/ Marisol McDonald no combina (Lee & Low).
Joining in the festivities with a special literary sing-a-long will be Arte Público Press founder and director Nicolás Kanellos as he introduces a beloved Latin American children's folk song about a singing frog.
Día is a daily commitement to link all children to books, languages and cultures. Founded in 1996 by renowned author Pat Mora, Día is housed at the American Library Association: http://dia.ala.org/. Día celebrations are held across the country on or near April 30th.
About Author Monica Brown
Brown's books are inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage and desire to share Latino/a stories with children. "I write from a place of deep passion, joy, and commitment to producing the highest possible quality of literature for children. In my biographies, the lives of my subjects are so interesting and transformational that I am simply giving them voice for a young audience. I don't think it is ever too early to introduce children to the concepts of magical realism, social justice, and dreaming big!"
Brown is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She also writes and publishes scholarly work with a Latino/a focus, including Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican and Chicano and Chicana Literature; and numerous scholarly articles and chapters on Latino/a literature and cultural studies. She is a recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Presented by Houston Public Library, Arte Público Press and Discovery Green.