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Did you ever wonder where all those special celebration days of the year come from? Who decides we are going to have a Cephalopod Awareness Day (Octopus Day!) or a World Wetlands Day? We have compiled this list of "officially designated" special days from many different sources so that you can see all these days on one calendar. Links to the sources are shown and often interesting to explore. Our hope is that parents and teachers can use this calendar as a planning tool and make these special days fun "excuses" to learn.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

 
 

January

January Hobby Month

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Jan. 3 Festival of Sleep Day

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  • Host a "Pajama Day" at school, the library or a bookstore!
  • Invite kids and their parents for a special sleepover event!
  • Check to see if your local zoo or aquarium hosts any nighttime events!
 
Jan. 5 National Bird Day

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Jan. 20 Penguin Awareness Day Books:
  • What's New at the Zoo?
  • The Penguin Lady
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    Jan. 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day

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    Jan. 26 Australia Day

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    Fourth Week in January Celebrity Read a Book Week

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    February

    February

    National Bird Feeding Month

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    February Library Lovers Month

    Ideas:

    • Schedule a library visit for your class
    • Check your local library's calendar of events and attend a children's event
    • Give your library some love!
     
    Feb. 2 Groundhog Day

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    Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day

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    Feb. 2 Duck-billed Platypus Day

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    Feb5 National Weatherperson's Day

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    Feb. 14 Read to Your Child Day

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    Feb. 24 National Tortilla Chip Day

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    Feb. 27 Int'l Polar Bear Day

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    March

    March Int'l Listening Awareness Month

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    March Dolphin Awareness Month

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    March 3 Read Across America Day

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    March 2-9 National Sleep Awareness Week

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    More Ideas:

    • Host a "Pajama Day" at school, the library or a bookstore!
    • Invite kids and their parents for a special sleepover event!
    • Check to see if your local zoo or aquarium hosts any nighttime events!
     
    March 9 National Napping Day

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    • Host a "Pajama Day" at school, the library or a bookstore!
    • Invite kids and their parents for a special sleepover event!
    • Check to see if your local zoo or aquarium hosts any nighttime events!
     
    March 14 National Children's Craft Day

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    March 17-23

    National Wildlife Week

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    March 20 Vernal Equinox

     

     

    March 25

    National Agriculture Day/ National Agriculture Week

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    March 16

    Save the Florida Panther Day

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    March 22 World Water Day

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    Third Week in March Nat'l Clutter Awareness Week

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    April

                                     

    April Mathematics Awareness Month

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    April World Habitat Awareness Month

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    April 2 International Children's Book Day

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    April 4 School Librarian Day Thank a school librarian!
     
    April 7 International Beaver Day

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    April 4-10 National Week of the Ocean

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    April 8 Zoo Lovers Day

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    April 8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

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    April 11-17 National Environmental Education Week

    Ideas:

    • Incorporate environmentally-themed reading into classroom lessons and activities with the help of ALL the Arbordale books!
     
    April 8-14 National Library Week

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    April 22 Earth Day

    What about Earth do you want to study?

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    April 23 World Read Night All Arbordale Books!
         
    April 19-25

    National TV-Turnoff Week

    TV Turnoff eBook Access

    Ideas:

    • Ditch your remote controls and reconnect with your kids! Try these Reading & Literacy Tips to make story time work!
     
    April 25 World Penguin Day

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    April 27 National Tell a Story Day All Arbordale Books!
     
    April 30 Arbor Day

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    Ideas:

    • Plant a tree in your backyard!
    • Take a nature walk and try to identify different trees and plants

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    May

    May Get Caught Reading Month

    Ideas:

    • Reward students, customers or your own kids for getting caught reading!
     
    May 2-8 National Be Kind to Animals Week
     
    May 4 National Teachers' Day Thank you for all you do, educators!
     
    May 7-8 Space Day

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    May 8 Int'l Migratory Bird Day

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    May 7- 13

    Children's Book Week

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    May 17 National Packrat Day

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    May 18 Mount St. Helens Eruption Anniversary

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    May 20 Endangered Species Day

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    May 23 World Turtle Day

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    May 31 World Parrot Day

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    June

    June National Zoo & Aquarium Month

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    June Great Outdoors Month

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    June 5 World Environment Day

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    June 6, 2012 Venus to Cross the Sun-First Time Since 2004

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    June 8 World Ocean Day

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    June 16

    Marine Mammal Day

     

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    June 16 Sea Turtle Day

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    June 19-25 National Grasslands Week Books: Prairie Storms
     
    June 30 Meteor Day

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    July

    July Wild about Wildlife Month

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    July Blackberry Month

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    July 1 American Zoo Day

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    Third week of July National Zookeeper Week

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    Third week of July Space Week

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    July 20 Moon Day

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    August

    August National Napping Month

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    August Audio Book Appreciation Month

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    Aug. 9 Book Lovers Day

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    Aug. 11 Play in the Sand Day

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    Aug. 14 World Lizard Day

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    Aug. 31 National Dog Day

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    September

    September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Fall 2010 Release:


    Free Activities:
    Understanding Cancer/ Cancer True or False/Coping with Cancer and Chemo/ Preventing Cancer When You Grow Up/ Finding the Healthy Habits

         
    September Library Card Sign-Up Month
    • Check out your public library to sign-up!
     
    September National Literacy Month

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    September

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    September Hispanic Heritage Month

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    Sept 13 National Preparendess Month

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    Sept 13 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day Books:
    Champ's Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!

    Free Activities:
    Understanding Cancer/ Cancer True or False/Coping with Cancer and Chemo/ Preventing Cancer When You Grow Up/ Finding the Healthy Habits
     
    Sept 16 Collect Rocks Day

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    Sept 18 International Observe the Moon Night

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    Sept 19 Talk Like a Pirate Day

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    Sept 23 Autumnal Equinox

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    Sept 28 Read a Child a Book You Like Day

    Ideas:

    • What was your favorite book as a kid? Get it out of your local library and share it with your own child!
     
    Sept 29 Blackberries Day

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    Sept 30 World Estuaries Day

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    October

    October

    National Information Literacy Awareness Month

     
     
    Oct 3 Jumpstart's Read for the Record

    An international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world!

     
    Oct. 4-10 World Space Week

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    Oct. 4-11 Get Organized Week

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    Oct 8 Cephalopod Awareness Day (Octopus Day!)

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    Oct. 10-16 World Rainforest Week

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    Oct. 13-19 Wolf Awareness Week

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    Oct. 13-19 Earth Science Week

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    Oct. 13-19 National Wildlife Refuge Week

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    Oct. 21 Reptile Awareness Day

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    Oct 17-25 Orionids Meteor Shower  
     
    Oct 20-26 ESL Week In Canada  
     
    Oct 26 Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

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    Oct. 31 Halloween!  

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    November

    Nov 1 National Family Literacy Month

    Ideas:

    • Have a family reading night! Take turns reading to your kids, and then, have them read to you.
    • Check out activities at your local libraries and book stores!

    November

    National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

    Ideas:

    • Preview First Fire comming to bookstores spring 2014
    • Tell a traditional American Indian folktale
     
    Nov 1 National Authors Day

    Ideas:

    • Invite local authors to your classroom, library or bookstore for a reading and signing
     

    Nov 2-8
    Depending on the Year

    US Election Day  
     

    Nov 2

    Daylight Savings Time ends  
     

    Nov 7

    National Bookstore Day

    Ideas:

    • Head to your local bookstore and buy a new book!
     
    Nov 8 - 12 National Young Readers Week

    Ideas:

    • Read any Arbordale book!
     

    Nov 10

    World Science Day for Peace & Development

    Ideas:

    • Celebrate science & technolgy
     
    Nov 11 Veteran's Day  
     

    Nov 18-22

    American Education Week  
     

    Nov17-23

    National Geography Week

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    Nov 15 America Recycles Day

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    Nov 15 I Love to Write Day

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    Nov 19 Gettysburg Address  
     
    Nov 28 Thanksgiving Day  
         
    Nov 28 - Dec 5 Chanukah  

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    December

    Dec 1 Rosa Park's Day  
     
    Dec 3 Int'l Day of Persons with Disabilities  
     
    Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Day  
     
    Dec 11 Apollo 17 lands on the moon, 1972, the final lunar landing of the Apollo mission

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    Dec 4-16 Geminids Meteor Shower The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids are characterized by their multi-colored display--65% being white, 26% yellow, and the remaining 9% blue, red and green.
     
    Dec 14 Monkey Day

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    Dec 18 Bake Cookies Day

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    Dec 21 Winter Solstice Shortest hours of daylight of the year!
     
    Dec 24 Christmas Eve

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    Dec 25 Christmas Day  
     
    Dec 26 Kwanzaa  
     
    Dec 26 Boxing Day  
     
    Dec 28 Endangered Species Act Enacted

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    Dec 31 New Years Eve  

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