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School Year Calendar of Children's Books: 2012-2013

September - August Kids' Books and Articles

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2012-2013 School Year Calendar of Children's Books

Scroll down for children's books for all ages and articles related to holidays and other events, including the birthdays of children's book authors and illustrators, for each month of the 2012-2013 school year.

September Calendar of Children's Books

Cover Art - Oliver Button Is a Sissy

Here you'll find children's books and/or articles related to starting School / changing schools/grades, Library Card Sign-up Month, Jane Addams, Patriot Day: Remembering September 11, 2001, Grandparents' Day, the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, the beginning of Autumn / Fall, National Punctuation Day, the start of Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to Read and the birthdays of Paul Fleischman, Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Roald Dahl, Robert McCloskey, Tomie DePaola, H.A. Rey and Andrea Davis Pinkney.

October Calendar of Children's Books

children's Halloween picture book cover art of By the Light of the Halloween Moon
Marshall Cavendish

Celebrate the remainder of Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, the rest of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Teen Read Week, the anniversary of the 1886 dedication of the Statue of Liberty, Halloween and the birthdays of Jeanette Winter, Elisa Kleven, Steven Kellogg, Eric Kimmel and Sydney Taylor.

November Calendar of Children's Books

1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving, a nonfiction children's book about Thanksgiving
National Geographic

Here you'll find children's books related to National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, The Day of the Dead, Election Day, Veterans Day, America Recycles Day and Thanksgiving Day, plus the birthdays of Astrid Lindgren, P.D. Eastman, Ed Young and C.S. Lewis.

December Calendar of Children's Books

Picture book cover art for Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
(G.P. Putnam's Sons, An Imprint of Penguin Group)

The December Calendar incudes a very large number of children's books about Christmas, as well as children's books about Hannukah and Kwanzaa, plus children's books by Jan Brett and Jerry Pinkney, both of whom celebrate December birthdays.

January Calendar of Children's Books

Cover art of children's picture book Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
Alfred A. Knopf

Here you'll find children's books and/or articles related to New Year’s resolutions, Martin Luther King Day, the 100th Day of School and the announcement of major children’s book awards, as well as the birthdays of J.R. Tolkien, Jacob Grimm, Charles Perrault, Julius Lester and Pat Mora.

February Calendar of Children's Books

Portaits of African-American Heroes

African American History Month / Black History Month,  Library Lovers’ Month,  Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year, the anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-ins, Groundhog Day,  Valentine’s Day, and the birthdays of Poet Langston Hughes,  Laura Ingalls Wilder, Barbara Jossee  and Wilhelm Carl Grimm are all occasions for which I recommend related children's books.

March Calendar of Children's Books

Cover art of the children's picture book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Random House

The major children's book-related event in March is Dr. Seuss's birthday celebration. Other holidays and events for which I recommend children's books include Women's History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, National Craft Month, National Grammar Day, St. Patrick's Day, First Day of Spring and Passover,  as well as the birthdays of Mem Fox, Chris Raschka, Ezra Jack Keats, Lois Lowry, Louis Sachar and Randolph Caldecott.

April Calendar of Children's Books

Cover art of Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

April is filled with holidays and events for which I recommend children's books, including Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Passover, April Fool's Day, International Children’s Book Day, Easter, National Library Week, Young People's Poetry Week, Turnoff Week, Earth Day, Children’s Day / Book Day - El dia de los niños / El da de los libros, and the birthdays of Hans Christian Andersen and Coretta Scott King.

May Calendar of Children's Books

Children's Picture Book Cover Art of The Wall by Eve Bunting
Houghton Mifflin

May is a busy month as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Books Month, National Egg Month, Mother Goose Day, Mother's Day,  Children’s Book Week, National Transportation Week, Memorial Day and National Tap Dance Day, as well as the birthdays of  L. Frank Baum,  Margret Rey and Amelia Jenks Bloomer.

June Calendar of Children's Books

Papa Do You Love Me Cover Art Children's Picture Book for Father's Day
Chronicle Books

Summer reading is the focus all summer.  June events include Flag Day, the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech, Father's Day and the birthdays of Cynthia Rylant, Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle.

July Calendar of Children's Books

Celebrate Independence Day children's book cover
National Geographic Society

Celebrate the Fourth of July, the anniversary of the publication of “America the Beautiful” and the birthdays of Mildred Wirt Benson,  Brian Selznick,  John Newbery,  Jan Berenstain, Paul Janeczko, Beatrix Potter,  Sharon Creech, J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter.

August Calendar of Children's Books

Cover Art - First Day Jitters
Charlesbridge

Find children's books about the start of school, President Barack Obama whose birthday is in August, National Aviation Day / Birth Date of Orville Wright, the anniversary of the release of the movie version of The Wizard of Oz and the birthdays of Mary Ann Hoberman and Virgina Lee Burton.

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