April Monthly Holidays & Books


Adopt a Greyhound Month

A Greyhound, a Groundhog, written by Emily Jenkins | illustrated by Chris Appelhans


Black Women’s History Month

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe, written by Deborah Blumenthal | illustrated by Laura Freeman

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, written by Margot Lee Shetterley | illustrated by Laura Freeman

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, written by Patricia C. McKissack | illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera


National Car Care Month

Cowboy Car, written by Jeanie Franz Ransom | illustrated by Ovi Nedelcu


Frog Month

I Don’t Want to be a Frog, written by Dev Petty | illustrated by Mike Boldt


National Garden Month

Rabbit Stew, by Wendy Wahman

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, written by Mary McKenna Siddals|illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Lola Plants a Garden, written by Anna McQuinn | illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Rainbow Stew, by Cathryn Falwell

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, written by Kate Messner | illustrated by Silas Neal


National Humor Month

There are so many wonderfully funny  books on my site! These are just a few I’ve reviewed recently. Take a look around!

Accident!, by Andrea Tsurumi

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

The Book of Mistakes, by Corinna Luyken

Bruce’s Big Move, by Ryan T. Higgins

I Have a Balloon, written by Ariel Bernstein | illustrated by Scott Magoon

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Josh Funk | illustrated by Edwardian Taylor 

Life on Mars, by Jon Agee

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way), by Patrick McDonnell

Nothing Rhymes with Orange, written by Adam Rex

Read the Book, Lemmings!, written by Ame Dickman | illustrated by 

Quit Calling Me a Monster! written by Jory John | illustrated by Bob Shea


Jazz Appreciation Month

Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band, written by Anne Rockwell | illustrated by Colin Bootman

How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz, written by Jonah Winter | illustrated by Keith Mallett

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph, written by Roxane Orgill | illustrated by Francis Vallejo


National Kite Month

Argyle Fox, by Marie Letourneau

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story, by Will Hillenbrand

Red Kite, Blue Kite, written by Ji-li Jiang | illustrated by Greg Ruth


National Pet Month

A Book for Benny, written by Judith Koppens | illustrated by Marja Meijer

Carson Crosses Canada, written by Linda Bailey | illustrated by Kass Reich 

A Cat Like That, by Wendy Wahman 

Children Make Terrible Pets, by Peter Brown 

Daisy Gets Lost, by Chris Raschka 

Don’t Lick the Dog, by Wendy Wahman 

Douglas, You Need Glasses!, by Ged Adamson 

Excellent Ed, written by Stacy McAnulty | illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

George the Hero Hound, by Jeffrey Ebbeler 

I Don’t Like Snakes, written by Nicola Davies | illustrated by Luciano Luzano

If I Had a Gryphon, written by Vikki Vansickle | illustrated by Cale Atkinson 

The Maine Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers, written by Michael J. Rosen | illustrated by Lee White

My Pet Book, by Bob Staake

The Octopuppy, by Martin McKenna

The Perfect Dog, by Kevin O’Malley 

Pippa & Percival, Pancake & Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies, written by Deborah Diesen | illustrated by Grace Zong 

Pirate’s Perfect Pet, written by Beth Ferry | illustrated by Matt Meyers 

Seed Man, by Aiko Ikegami

Shark Dog!, by Ged Adamson 

Tony, written by Ed Galing | illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The White Cat and the Monk, written by Jo Ellen Bogart | illustrated by Sydney Smith


National Poetry Month

Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes, written by Alice Schertle | illustrated by Petra Mathers

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, written by Matthew Burgess | illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul B. Janeczko |illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Guess Who, Haiku, written by Deanna Caswell | illustrated by Bob Shea

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, written by Chris Raschka | illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

H is for Haiku, written by Sydell Rosenberg | illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi

Hi, Koo: A Year of Seasons, by Jon J. Muth

The Maine Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers, written by Michael J. Rosen | illustrated by Lee White

Nasty Bugs, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins | illustrated by Will Terry

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant | Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

A Song About Myself: A Poem by John Keats, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World, written by Susan Hood | illustrated by 13 women illustrators

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, by Bob Raczka

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons, written by Julie Fogliano | illustrated by Julie Morstad


Straw Hat Month

Miss Fanny’s Hat, written by Jan Karon | illustrated by Toni Goffe