2016 Calendar of Children's Books

Annual Calendar of Kids' Books Related to Holidays and Events

Kids' Books and More for Every Month of the Year

Scroll down for an annotated directory of all of my 2016 monthly calendars of children's books. You'll find children's books for all ages, as well as articles, all related to holidays and other events, including the birthdays of children's book authors and illustrators, for each month of the year. Check it over, mark your calendar and plan to share children's books with your kids in honor of of special holidays and other events each month.

January Calendar of Children's Books

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Get the New Year off to a good start with tips on raising kids who love reading, as well as books about winter and snow, Martin Luther King Day and the 100th Day of School, as well as the announcement of major children's book awards. Celebrate the January birthdays of Jacob Grimm, Charles Perrault, Julius Lester, Pat Mora and others.
Learn more - January 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

February Calendar of Children's Books

There's a lot to celebrate in February, including African American History Month / Black History Month,  Library Lovers’ Month and Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year. Other special events include: Groundhog Day, the anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-ins,  Valentine’s Day, and the birthdays of Langston Hughes,  Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mo Willems and other authors and illustrators.
Learn more - February 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

March Calendar of Children's Books

March gets off to a great start as Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2 is celebrated in schools across the United States.  Other March events include: Women's History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, National Craft Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and the start of spring, as well as the birthdays of Kate DiCamillo, Chris Raschka, Ezra Jack Keats, Lois Lowry and Bill Martin Jr.
Learn more - March 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

April Calendar of Children's Books

April is National Poetry Month and I have lots of resources for you, as well as children's books for Passover, National Library Week, Earth Day and Children’s Day / Book Day - El dia de los niños / El da de los libros. Celebrate the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen by learning about the author and the birthday of Coretta Scott King by reading about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and winners.
Learn more - April 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

May Calendar of Children's Books

In May, we celebrate a lot of special events. These include: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Latino Books Month, National Bike Month, Children’s Book Week, Mother Goose Day, Mother's Day and Memorial Day, among others. Authors and illustrators of children's books with May birthdays include Kadir Nelson and Mary Pope Osborne. 
Go to my May 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

June Calendar of Children's Books

Before my list of the June events, I've provided some summer reading resources for you to help you keep your kids reading during the summer.  June events include National Safety Month, World Environment Day, Father's Day and the official start of summer. There are also a lot of June birthdays. Among the authors and illustrators  with June birthdays are poet Joyce Sidman, author Cynthia Rylant and authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle.
Learn more - June 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

July Calendar of Children's Books

I've included more summer reading resources, including book lists for various ages, at the beginning of this month's calendar. In July, celebrate the Fourth of July, as well as National Blueberry Month, with children's books. There are also more than a dozen authors and illustrators  of children's books with June birthdays, including E.B. White, Beatrix Potter and J.K. Rowling. Did you know that Harry Potter also has a July birthday?
Learn more - July 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

August Calendar of Children's Books

Since school starts in mid- or late August for many kids, I've included a number of children's books I recommend to help your kids get ready for the start of school. August events include National Book Lovers Day, National Aviation Day / Birth Date of Orville Wright, Women's Equality Day and the birthdays of Walter Dean Myers, Virginia Lee Burton and others.
Learn more - August 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

September Calendar of Children's Books

Events this month include the start of school and Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read. It's also Library Card Sign-up Month, and September 15 is the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. There's also Patriot Day, National Punctuation Day, and the birthdays of Paul Fleischman, Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Roald Dahl, Robert McCloskey and Tomie dePaola, among others. 
Learn more - September 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

October Calendar of Children's Books

Celebrate National Bullying Prevention Month, as well as the second half of National Hispanic Heritage Month in October. Teen Read Week, Star Wars Reads Day and Halloween are some of the other events this month. Those with October birthdays include children's book authors and illustrators Jeanette Winter, Elisa Kleven, Steven Kellogg and Eric Kimmel.
Learn more - October 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

November Calendar of Children's Books

National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day are only some of the special events during the busy month of November. Astrid Lindgren, P.D. Eastman, Ed Young and C.S. Lewis are among the authors and illustrators born in November.
Learn more - November 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.

December Calendar of Children's Books

It's time to celebrate some winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. It's also time for picture books about winter and snow, winter tales and more. Some of the authors and illustrators with December birthdays are Jan Brett, Mary Norton, E.B.Lewis, Jerry Pinkney and Eve Bunting.
Learn more - December 2016 Calendar of Children's Books.