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2014-2015 School Year Calendar of Children's Books

August 2014 - May 2015: Kids' Books and Articles Related to Holidays, Events


Scroll down for children's books for all ages and articles, all related to holidays and other events, including the birthdays of children's book authors and illustrators, for each month of the 2014-2015 school year. For summer reading, preparing for school and more, see the June 2014 Calendar of Children's Books and the July 2014 Calendar of Children's Books.

August Calendar of Children's Books

Cover Art - First Day Jitters

Find children's books about the start of school, 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 and more.

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, Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Library Card Sign-up Month, September 11, 2001, Grandparents' Day, the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month,  Constitution Week, the beginning of Autumn / Fall, National Punctuation Day, and the birthdays of Paul Fleischman, Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Roald Dahl, Robert McCloskey and Tomie DePaola, among others.

October Calendar of Children's Books

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

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Teen Read Week: Read for the Fun of It, 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 includes 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/raising a reader, Martin Luther King Day, the 100th Day of School, 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

This month's calendar includes children's books for 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, the announcement of major children's book awards, and the birthdays of Poet Langston Hughes,  Laura Ingalls Wilder, Barbara Jossee  and Wilhelm Carl Grimm.

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, the first day of spring,  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, Passover, National Library 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, Screen-Free Week, 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.

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