2022 Children's Day, Book Day - National Council of Teachers of English % %

Children's Day Book Day

Author and Poet Pat Mora, founded the yearlong literacy initiative “Children’s Day, Book Day” (CDBC) in 1996. Her partners include REFORMA, the American Library Association, First Book, and NCTE. CDBC aims to link all children and families to books and bookjoy. Annually on April 30, children-and-books celebrations occur across the country in schools, libraries, and parks. A former English teacher and university administrator, Pat is author of books for adults, teens and children, and a presenter on creativity, inclusivity, and bookjoy. She received Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, is an Honorary Member of the American Library Association, and received a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Pat was born in El Paso, Texas, lives with her husband in Santa Fe, NM, is Mom to three wonderful adults and Cita to her granddaughter.





Visit here to see a list of Pat Mora’s books. To browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page. NCTE and local bookshops receive a small commission when you purchase through this link.





This Children’s Day, Book Day Toolkit will help you celebrate bookjoy in your classrooms and communities. Download it now.


The #NCTEchat on Sunday, April 24 focused on the joy of reading in an effort to celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day. We asked a series of questions to foster conversation around building our personal stack of favorite books and why they bring us joy. The chat was hosted by NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee members Tracy Flores (@traceyhabla) and Yoo Kyung Sung (@yoo_kyung_sung). View the questions here. Catch up on the chat by checking out the archive.

In the meantime, follow the bookjoy conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NCTElearns!