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Fun February Observances that Make for Great Book Recommends

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The second month of the New Year may be a short one, but it is chock-full of interesting, important, and thought invoking observances. Some last a week and some are celebrated all month long, but all have some great book-related connections that I’ve love to share with you now. So without further ado, here are some…

Fun February Observances Make for Great Book Recommends

All Month Long

Black History Month: Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annual observance in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Wikipedia

Nelson Mandela booklist

A Black History Booklist from Peachtree Books

A Roundup of Books that Remind us why Black History Matters

Lily Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

Library Lovers Month: The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’s National Library Lover’s Month! Ironically, next to supporting locally-owned independent bookstores, the library is an exceptional place to discover new reading delights!

National Library Lover's Month - February

And let’s not forget the Little Free Libraries Project! Read more about that here.

Second Week of February

February 8 is Kite Flying Day: This time of year tends to be …crisp weather-wise in our area so there are not much kite flying activities to be had. But in prep for the days when the air is warm and the winds are friendly, check out my 9 Kidlit Books About Kites.

Kite booklist

February 9 is National Stop Bullying Day: Bullying is a global epidemic that needs as much awareness as possible. In recognition of that important day, we created a blog post filled with Bullying Prevention Booklists and Links for grades 3-5 and 6-8

bullying booklist

February 9 Weather Day and  Read in the Bathtub Day: What better way to navigate not-so-good weather days than with a little bathtub reading! Here are some books and  booklists that are sure to please.


February 11 is Make a Friend Day: Friendship is such an amazing thing. Our friends pick us up when we are down, include us and make us feel special,  and cheer us on as we strive to be better. But sometimes friendship is just a quiet knowing that someone else has our back. For kids and adults alike, friends are part of what makes our world sweet. Here is an idea on a simple and fun way to tell our friend how much they mean to us.

Third Week

RAK Day is February 17, 2019! “RAK” stands for Random Acts of Kindness and I am sure we all can agree the world needs more KINDNESS.

Here’s a Kindness Booklist for Kids

kindness booklist

Third Monday of February is Presidents Day and we are pretty proud of our Presidents are People too Booklist!

President booklist

February 18 is Kid Inventors Day: When we think of “Kid inventors, ” William Kamkwamba just about always comes to mind. His story is shared in the book The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind;the inspirational tale about a boy who had hope.A boy who believed that he could bring relief from drought and hunger to his people.

William Kamkwamba

Fourth Week

February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day: Fairy Tales are a long-time favorite here at JIAB so of course, we have a bunch we recommend!

A Modern Way of Retelling Fairy Tales and Classic Children’s StoriesLe Madre Goose by Susan Middleton Elya (Author),‎ Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) and Le Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya (Author),‎ Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator).

Le Madre Goose

 Sherlock Holmes- The Hounds of Baskervilles 

 Sherlock Holmes
In this installment, Sherlock and his assistant, Dr. Watson, are hired to solve the curse of The Hound of the Baskervilles. After the lord of the Baskervilles dies of curious circumstances in the moors, his young heir from America comes to take over the care of his ancestral home. Except, it seems, that someone does not want any Baskervilles living on their land. Sir Henry’s life is immediately threatened before he even arrives on his property.

The Cozy Classics

The Cozy Classics series is the brainchild of two brothers, both dads, who were thinking of ways to teach words to their very young children. They hit upon the idea of “the classics” as the basis for their infant primers, and the rest as they say, is history. Read more about these wonderful books here.

classics 1

Every book in the series is condensed into twelve child-friendly words accompanied by a beautifully hand-felted illustration, which accurately and humorously summarize each book’s plot.

A Year in the Secret Garden

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the book co-penned by JIAB founder and fellow author, Marilyn Scott-Waters. Enjoy month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret GardenA Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!”

A Year in The Secret Garden

Enjoy your February! It will be gone before you know it!