Occupy Día: Engaging Children to Social Justice Issues
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Children make sense and construct ideas of the world around them by observing, listening and interacting with their surrounding. They will see the world and treat others following judgments constructed by their experiences. The discussion of social justice issues will help children challenge and evaluate the way they see the world and interact with others. What better day than Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) to advocate for a just and equitable society?
The celebration of Día emphasizes the importance of literacy of children of all linguistic and cultural background, which clearly represents the advocacy of social justice. Through “Occupy Día”, a series of bilingual and Spanish-language picture books will be recommended to incorporate the discussion of social justice issues such as immigration, gender roles, racism, social inequality, among others to Día programming. Activities incorporating the recommended titles are presented to engage children, family, friends, teachers, librarians and community members to the discussion of social justice issues.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to know about Día and the importance of exposing children to social justice issues through literature and programming. The poster session will include pictures, narrative text, book exhibit and copies of an annotated bibliography of recommended titles.