May Literary Holidays

May is a great month for books. Let me give you the holidays to prove it.

May is Get Caught Reading Month, which started in 1999 as a way to encourage the love of reading. Bonus: It can be a great time to read outdoors and make your reading visible to the world. 

Children’s Book Week, which started April 30, continues through May 6 this year. This is one of the longest-running national literacy initiatives, beginning in 1919. The official posters for Children’s Book Week are collectible items, and this year’s poster was created by Jillian Tamaki with the slogan “One World, Many Stories.”

The picture book illustrators chosen for each year’s poster are great choices for celebrating Children’s Book Week. Take a look at Tamaki’s They Say Blue as well as Last Stop on Market Street (written by Matt de la Pena), illustrated by Christian Robinson, the 2017 poster illustrator. Hooray for Books! is a delightful picture book about a turtle finding its favorite book, written and illustrated by Brian Won, the 2016 poster illustrator. Continue reading “May Literary Holidays”

April Literary Holidays

April is a hard month for literary holidays because there are so many! Without further ado, here they are:

Since 1967, International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated on April 2nd, which was selected in honor of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. This day gets a different international sponsor each year and they get to choose the theme. This year the sponsor is Latvia and the theme they chose is “The Small is Big in a Book.” Here are three interpretations of Thumbelina in honor of the day:

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March Literary Holidays

Aside from calendar noted holidays in March like Purim and Saint Patrick’s day, there are a few literary days of note that might peak your interest.  

On March 2nd there is Read Across America day, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was created by the National Education Association as a day to devote to getting children excited about reading. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was selected as the day to encourage reading on. So enjoy Oh, The Places You’ll Go! or Green Eggs and Ham both by Dr. Seuss. Or branch out from Dr. Seuss and try one of the books listed here Our Favorite Children’s Picture Books of 2017 or Race and Social Justice Books for Children K-5.

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February Literary Holidays

February is the month for Library Lovers! At least that is one of the lesser known celebrations of February. This month long holiday started as just one day on February 14th (Library Lovers Day) but has since expanded to encompass the entire month. Feel free to show your love for the library by visiting a branch or exploring our online resources. Here’s a handy list you can take a look at: 10 Ways to use the Library

Closely related to Library Lovers Month is Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 3rd. A nationally celebrated day which was started in 2011 by a couple of Connecticut librarians, it has spread like wildfire thanks to the internet. It’s a day to promote the importance of libraries to children. Here are a few book suggestions about the freedom that words can bring, on of many things your library can provide.


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December Literary Holidays

December may have many holidays for you to celebrate but let me give you a few extra, book-themed holidays to add to your plate.

Jólabókaflóð – which translated means “The Book Flood of Christmas” – has been getting a lot of hype recently. In Iceland, the winter months see a large influx of new books from publishers (hence the flood). Why is this? Because it is one of the most popular gifts to give. Presents are swapped on December 24th and reading ensues! Sounds like a great tradition to get on board with. For ideas on new books check our list of new December fiction and nonfiction, or explore our librarians’ favorite novels and nonfiction of 2017. Continue reading “December Literary Holidays”