Participants in ASU's Dia 2015 / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

English's El Día de Los Niños/Día de Los Libros launches crowdfunding campaign

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Kristen LaRue-Sandler

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Día) at ASU has launched a campaign through ASU's Pitchfunder platform, which provides crowdfunding training and technology for ASU projects, research, events, and groups.

Día is an international celebration of youth, cultures, languages and literacies. Día provides young people with meaningful, life-changing experiences with books, famous authors/poets/storytellers, the opportunity to tell their own stories and connect to the ASU experience.

PhD candidate Tracey Flores and her advisor, Professor James Blasingame, have been organizing Día on the ASU Tempe campus since 2011. At ASU's inaugural celebration they welcomed 200 students to campus for a morning of books and storytelling. Each year the ASU celebration has grown, and in 2013 it won the Raul and Estele Mora Award for the best Día event across the country. Last year, the event reached capacity, and organizers had to turn away kids; they are working to make sure that this does not happen again.

On May 2, 2016, 625 middle and high school students from throughout Arizona will visit the ASU Tempe Campus for the 6th annual Día celebration. René Saldaña, author of A Good Long Way, winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, and Isabel Quintero, author Gabi a Girl in Pieces, winner of the ALA's William C. Morris Award, will provide keynote addresses. A host of young adult literature (YA) authors will present hands-on interactive literacy workshops. All students will receive a free book written by one of the featured keynote authors.

Contributions help fund Día in 2016 and beyond, providing a life-changing literacy experience to hundreds of young people.

Visit Día's Pitchfunder page