National reading celebration kicks off at three Houston libraries
Houston, March 2014 — It’s the most wonderful time of the year to show your love for reading, or “bookjoy!” On Thursday, April 24, at 4pm at the Carnegie Neighborhood Library (1050 Quitman, 77009), bookjoy and music will be all around as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is celebrated with presentations by acclaimed children’s author Lupe Ruiz-Flores and illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores. In addition, there will be music, refreshments, and other activities for kids.
Then join Lupe and Carolyn again on Friday, April 25 at Oak Forest Neighborhood Library at 1:30pm (1349 West 43rd St, 77018) or Young Neighborhood Library at 3:30pm (5260 Griggs Rd, 77021), for a wonderful Bilingual English/Spanish Storytime! Kids will get into a dancing groove with Lupe as she reads Lupita’s First Dance / El primer baile de Lupita and Let’s Salsa / Bailemos Salsa and they’ll want to sing along as Carolyn reads from Canta, Rana, canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing and Dale, dale, dale: Una fiesta de números / Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers. These events are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by Arte Público Press, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Public Library, the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, and the Mexican American Studies Student Organization.
Lupe Ruiz-Flores is the author of several bilingual picture books for children. Her works include Lupita’s First Dance / El primer baile de Lupita (2013), Alicia’s Fruity Drinks / Las aguas frescas de Alicia (2012), The Battle of the Snow Cones / La guerra de las raspas (2010), and The Woodcutter’s Gift / El regalo del leñador (2007), all of which have been chosen for the Tejas Star Reading Lists. She lives in San Antonio.
Carolyn Dee Flores, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, lives in San Antonio, Texas. She has illustrated two picture books for children: Canta, Rana, cana / Sing, Froggie, Sing (2013) and Dale, dale, dale: Una fiesta de números / Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers (2014).
El día de los niños/El día de los libros, or Día for short, is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures; celebrations are held across the country on or near April 30th. Author Pat Mora, whose notable career began with Arte Público Press in 1985, established Día to highlight the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The American Library Association’s page devoted to Día can be found at: http://dia.ala.org/.
Arte Público Press is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Books published under the imprint are designed to serve as a bridge from the home culture to that of the school, as well as to support family literacy and elementary school education. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts and creativity. For more information, please visit www.artepublicopress.com.###