The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents and to promote El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The Mora Award consisted of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque to be displayed in a public area by the winning institution(s).
The Mora Award was presented annually to the most exemplary celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), or El día de los jovenes/ El día de los libros (Youth Day/Book Day), also known as Día. Annual, culminating celebrations are held across the country on or near April 30.
REFORMA is Día’s founding partner and its members served as judges for the Award. Pat Mora and REFORMA believe Día is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages, and cultures. Annual, culminating celebrations are held across the country on or near April 30. Día is promoted and supported by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), First Book, and other organizations. For more information visit dia.ala.org
The Mora Award is now administered by First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books to children in need. The award's new focus will recognize Día celebrations in schools. For more information, visit the Celebrating Dia First Book site.
Mora Award recipients