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April is Poetry Month

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry often made up of 17 syllables spread across three lines. The first and third lines typically have five syllables, while the second line has seven syllables. Frequently, haiku poems are written about nature, or the seasons, but they don’t have to be. For more ideas, check out some of these fun poetry books that feature haikus! Read More

Celebrate National Unicorn Day on April 9, 2022

Stories about unicorns are amazing, but there’s more! Kitty-corns, nerdy-corns, bestie-corns and mermi-corns, alien unicorns, imposter unicorns, and even some unicorns who don’t seem, at first glance, very unicorny. Check out these fun books featuring exceptional, adorable characters learning to be true to their inner unicorns. Read More

March 30 is National Doctors’ Day

Ms. Eudora Brown Almond believed that doctors, including her husband, Dr. Charles B. Almond, deserved to be recognized and celebrated for their hard work. In 1933, she began a tradition of saying “thank you” to doctors on March 30 with cards and red carnations – a celebration we continue today. Learn more about doctors, and help celebrate National Doctors’ Day, by reading some of these great stories about doctors, below. Read More

March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day

A butterfly begins life as a tiny egg. Within a week, the egg hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar eats leaves and flowers until it’s much, much bigger, and then develops a shell, called a chrysalis, that protects the caterpillar while it morphs into a butterfly. Chrysalises can often be found hanging under leaves or branches. After 10-15 days, a beautiful butterfly emerges! For more information about butterflies, check out our collection of nonfiction butterfly books, below. Read More

March is Women’s History Month

On January 20, 2021, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as the first woman Vice President of the United States. Vice President Harris is also the first Black and South Asian American woman Vice President in American history. (And Doug Emhoff, her husband, is the first “Second Gentleman” in American history.) Celebrate Women’s History Month with these books about women who have been trailblazers in politics, science, sports and the arts. Read More

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Animals appear in many fairy tales, and since magic is also a common fairy tale element, many of those animals can talk. Talking animals represent an interesting and entertaining blend of animal and human characteristics that enables the author to effectively communicate his story through metaphor. Imagine what the story of Little Red Riding Hood would be like without the wolf roaring, “The better to eat you with, my dear!” Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

By the 18th Century, printed Valentine’s Day cards were available for purchase, but we still love handmade cards the best. The books, below, have clever ideas and fun crafts to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special.  Read More

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

For some of his most iconic paintings, including celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol used photographs to create silkscreen “stencils,” pushing ink through the silkscreens and layering it on top of images he had already traced and painted by hand. For his Campbell’s Soup Cans, he used a slightly different technique, tracing the images using a projector and filling in the outlines using paint and brushes. Check out the books below to learn how Warhol and other artists created works of art that inspire our hearts. Read More

January is National Walk Your Dog Month!

Jazzy is a Miniature Australian Shepherd, which is actually an American breed of dog. Jazzy lives in California, and her favorite activities include going on walks, playing “catch” with her red frisbee, and having her tummy rubbed. To celebrate National Walk Your Dog Month, check out these books featuring lots of fun facts and great stories about dogs: Read More