November Literary Holidays

November marks twelve months of literary holidays! So to finish it off, here are three November literary holidays.

The entire month is Picture Book Month, an international initiative to support literacy and encourage the use of picture books. There are blogs dedicated to championing the importance of picture books throughout the month. So in honor of picture books, here are some recommendations for you.

  • Blue Frog by Dianne de la Casas is a fun book of a native Central American legend. How the gods first shared chocolate with humans.
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi is gorgeous book about a boy who fishes with his father, with context that goes so much deeper. It’s worth sharing with your children.
  • Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk follows Juna whose friend, Hector, has moved away and she starts to put items in her special kimchi jar to try to find Hector.

Blue Frog A Different Pond Juna's Jar

November 6 is National Non-Fiction day. It is a day to focus on the importance of facts, and a good reason to explore a topic that interests you or discover some new information. Either way, here are a few non-fiction books for you to consider:

  • The Sisters are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris fights back against common media stereotypes of Black women with interviews and personal experiences. It is a powerful book.
  • Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson is a collection of his favorite essays. You’ll get to learn and feel his excitement for science.
  • The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang uses interviews of survivors and documents to bring to light the Japanese invasion of China during World War II and the horror it was.

The Sisters Are Alright  Death by Black Hole  The Rape of Nanking

As you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. What you may not know is that November 15 is I Love to Write Day. Now in its 16th year, it is a good reason to sit down and do a little writing whether or not you are joining in NaNoWriMo. Here is a list of events in honor of NaNoWriMo  and here are some books on writing for I Love to Write Day.

  • Girls Write Now is an inspiring anthology with personal essays from female teens across America. Throughout the book advice from famous female authors is used to inspire and encourage.
  • Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics by Stan Lee explains his take on how to write stories to engage people.
  • Leap Write In! by Karen Benke gives you a variety of writing prompts, ideas, and advice. Great to open to a random chapter and just explore.

Girls Write Now Stan Lee's How to Write Comics Leap Write In!

So there you have a year of literary holidays!

~posted by Meranda T.

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