4 Books to Celebrate Día 2019

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Día is a national literacy initiative celebrated each year during the month of April. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, the theme for Día is science. Several library branches are hosting programs that focus on bugs and insects, and below are four picture books that allow parents the opportunity for further exploration of this theme at home.

I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton (Ages 3-6)

This informational picture book takes a novel approach to teaching kids about our (least) favorite arachnid, the spider. The illustrations are appealing to children and give the spiders a downright cuddly appearance. The title ends with a twist, while we may vary on the likability of spiders, we can all agree that cockroaches are downright uncool. 


100 Bugs! A Counting Book by Kate Narita (Ages 3-6)

How many bugs do you see? From walking sticks to dragon flies, each page features ten bugs hiding, allowing children to add them together in different ways each time.  This book features upbeat rhymes and realistic illustrations of insects. A perfect title to teach basic math skills such as counting and addition. 


The Bug Girl by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Ages 5-8)

Does your little one love to see pictures of bugs? Introduce them to Maria Merian, one of the first scientific illustrators of insects. In this juvenile biography, we meet a young girl who loves to explore her garden while observing bugs. She began collecting and sketching the most interesting insects she found. Later in life she published artwork books with her findings from childhood, which earned her recognition among the scientific community. 



What’s your Favorite Bug? By Eric Carle (Ages 7-10)

A great addition to your school age child’s bookshelf. Popular children’s book illustrators tell the reader all about their favorite bug. This title is educational and exposes children to various types of artwork. As a companion title to What’s Your Favorite Animal? And What’s Your Favorite Color?, parents have the ability to continue learning about various titles through the eyes of engaging pictures and text. 



Visit our calendar page to find Día events at a location near you. This year's finale celebration is on Sat., April 27, 2019 at Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon, Charlotte, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features a Mad Science Experience, science exploration with Casey Neese, and a special author visit by Margaret Reed MacDonald. Learn more.

Lonna Vines is a Children’s Librarian at Hickory Grove Public Library with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.