Estela & Raul Mora Award

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

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 award's site.

Mora Award recipients

Sioux Center Public Library
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Arizona State University / English Education Department
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Lynden Public Library 
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Santa Ana Public Library
Springfield Public Library
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Arthur F. Turner Community Library of Yolo County Library
Pima County Library
Santa Barbara Public Library System
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San Francisco Public Library
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Riverside County Library System
Public Library of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County

2007 Broward County Library

2006 Kenton County Public Library

2005 REFORMA de Utah

2004 Providence Public Library

2003 Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

2002 Multnomah County Library

2001 El Paso Public Library

2000 Austin Public Library