Día de los Niños, or Children’s Day, is a holiday honoring children that is celebrated in many parts of the world (though on different days depending on the country). In Mexico, Día de los Niños is celebrated on April 30, and the Oakland Public Library organized on a week-long series of events to celebrate the holiday.
On Wednesday, May 2, our entire school walked to the Asian Branch Library to see local clown Chiquy Boom perform her bilingual Spanish/English magic and variety show. Dressed from head to toe in a bright rainbow of colors, Chiquy Boom delighted the children with her effervescent energy and pitch-perfect silliness. Through call-and-response bits, catchy songs, and magic tricks mixed with a heavy dose of physical comedy, she taught the children the Spanish terms for colors, body parts, and the emotions we experience everyday. Ask your child about how Chiquy Boom needed the help and cooperation of all the children in the audience to make the colors magically appear in what had originally been a completely blank book!
At the end of the program, each child received a sticker and a free book as gifts from the Oakland Public Library. The children’s librarian also invited all interested children to participate in the library’s upcoming Summer Reading Program, which will run from June 16 to August 11. Free books and other prizes — including, for one lucky winner, a brand-new iPad — will be awarded.