The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is announced that the 2014 Bridge to Understanding Award will be given to the Día Family Book Club, a project of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. This project introduces books about diverse cultures from around the world to children and families through a series of book discussions. ALSC has selected books and provided toolkits, publicity kits and lesson plans that provide a strong starting point for libraries to match the activities to their own communities. In the two years of its existence, the Día Family Book Club, an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), has succeeded in involving libraries nationwide, and thus children and families nationwide, in book sharing and discussion.
Established in memory of Arlene Pillar, an educator who served USBBY as newsletter editor from 1984 until her untimely death in 1990, the Bridge to Understanding Award formally acknowledges programs that use children's books to promote international understanding among children. The responses of many of the families who participated in the Día Family Book Club show just how successful this program has been. The award, which carries a $1,000.00 monetary prize, will be presented on Friday, January 30, 2015, at ALA Midwinter at the USBBY gathering, which is from 8:00 to 9:30 pm.
For more information about the Día Family Book Club program and to download the club toolkit and lesson plans please visit: http://dia.ala.org/content/start-book-club.