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Do you remember hearing the childhood rhyme, “April Showers Bring May Flowers?” The reality is that April showers DO bring spring May flowers and, to me, the underlying message is abundance. So, whether we are talking flowers or unique holidays, there is much to celebrate in April.
Here are the sweetness/highlights/hints of what is yet to come in April. Enjoy!
April 1 is Easter!
Whether you call it Pascha or Easter, whether you celebrate it at midnight or in the morning, the Feast of the Resurrection is the most important day of the year for Christians all over the world. Here are 6 amazing and diverse Easter picture books.
National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.
While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:
- highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
- encourage the reading of poems,
- assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
- increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
- encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
- encourage support for poets and poetry.
April is National Kite Month!
Here’s a fun Kite-themed booklist that is perfect for building excitement for a kite-flying adventure.
April 2 is International Children’s Book Day
International Children’s Book Day(ICBD) is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. April the 2nd was chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers as it’s the same date as Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, the author of many famous children’s stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. I have a post with some fun facts on things you may not have known about Hans Christian Anderson.
April 8- 14, 2018: National Library Week
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
Celebrations during National Library Week include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 10, 2018), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 11, 2018), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities; and Take Action for Libraries Day, a national library advocacy effort observed on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 12, 2018).
The Public Awareness Office of the American Library Association coordinates the promotion and placing of articles in national media. Librarians, Friends and trustees of libraries join in sponsoring local promotions. Posters and other promotional materials are available through the ALA Graphics Catalog.
The ALA Public Awareness Committee assists in planning National Library Week and related activities. The committees holds open meetings at the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting. Suggestions are welcome.
April 12: D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read)
And some other top picks for fun read alouds:
April 21 is World Creativity and Innovation Day
When it comes to book reviews that showcase how Creatively Changed the world. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is one of my favorite middle-grade book about courage, innovation, and creativity.
April 22 is Earth Day:
Who doesn’t love Earth Day! 27 Books that Hug the Earth: An Earth Day Booklist for Kids
April 23: World Book Day
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created this special day to celebrate books, authors, publishers, and illustrators. After all, reading is a huge part of our lives! World Book Day promotes reading to children and people in underprivileged areas.
April 27, 2018 is Arbor Day
A great chance to talk about nature conservancy and the importance of State Parks with your family.
What books and book-related holidays will YOU be recognizing in April?