January Literary Celebrations

January comes with a break from the holidays, but if you enjoy celebrating and love books, here are some ideas for literary celebrations for January.

We’ll start off with Tolkien day on January 3. It’s his birthday and a day celebrated by the Tolkien Society. They recommend a very simple celebration: find somewhere to have a drink, and at 9 PM make a toast with friends simply saying, “The Professor!” Let me suggest a couple books about Tolkien if you’d like to enrich your knowledge of him. A great book to share with children or just read to yourself is John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister. With gorgeous illustrations it tells a little about his life. Another option is Mythmaker by Anne E. Neimark, a thoroughly researched biography exploring Tolkien’s extensive interests that influenced his writing.

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on A.A. Milne’s birthday, which is on the 18th. This creates the perfect opportunity to play Pooh Sticks, munch on honey, and do your best to impersonate a little black rain cloud. To help set the mood, try a few stories about Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne, or explore the Hundred Acre Wood in The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh by Kathryn Aalto.

For a spookier celebration, Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday is on the 19th which is closely followed by the first publishing of “The Raven” on the 29th. Either of these days would be great to gather with friends for a reading of any of Poe’s poems. In case you didn’t know, Poe is regarded as the inventor of detective fiction. To find out why, read The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Or if you’re interested in where Poe got his inspiration for the “The Raven” from, look no further than Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens.

The 27th heralds Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Now in its fourth year, it has reached over three billion people to celebrate diversity in children’s books. To join in this celebration here are some fun and gorgeous children’s books for you to read.

My Dog is Lost! by Ezra Jack Keats is about a boy from Puerto Rico who makes friends in America while looking for his dog.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting tells the story of a girl who feels like an outsider, but a shared experience brings her closer to her classmates.

Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs is the story of a girl and her family fleeing Syria’s civil war to Europe.

If you want a little bit of a longer story try these young adult novels:

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is a tale steeped in Hindu mythology that is completely engrossing.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Adieh takes place in feudal Japan and follows a young woman who defies class expectations and gender roles.

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera follows Margot with a no-holds-barred story of finding yourself.

Thus we have a few literary celebrations to while away your January.

posted by Meranda T.



John Ronald's Dragons

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