Holidays and Books for April 23 – April 29

April 23


Canada Book Day

C is for Canada, written by Mike Ulmer | illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault 

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

National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Daisy Gets Lost, by Chris Raschka 

National Picnic Day

Picnic, by John Burningham

National Take a Chance Day

What Do You Do With a Chance?, written by Kobi Yamada | illustrated by Mae Besom

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk, written by Jane Sutcliffe | illustrated by John Shelley 

World Book Night

The Midnight Library, by Kazuno Kohara 


April 24


Firefly Day

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

Pigs in a Blanket Day

Pigs and a Blanket, by James Burks 


April 25


National DNA Day

When I Grow Up, by Anita Bijsterbosh 


April 26


Thank You Day

The Thank You Book: An Elephant & Piggie Book, by Mo Willems 

Poem in Your Pocket Day


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

Guyku, written by Bob Raczka | 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, by Michael Rosen | illustrated by Lee White 

Poetry Collections

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

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

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, written by Michelle Shaub | illustrated by Amy Huntington

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

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


Kids and Pets Day

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

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

Shark Dog!, by Ged Adamson

Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

The Black and White Factory, written by Eric Telchin | illustrated by Diego Funck 


April 27


Morse Code Day

Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph, written by Lucy Margaret Rozier | illustrated by Leo Espinosa 

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pony Express Rider!, written by Tom Ratliff | illustrated by Mark Bergin 

Marine Mammal Rescue Day

At the Seafloor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems, written by Leslie Bulion | illustrated by Leslie Evans 

Discovering Sharks, written by Donna Parham | illustrated by Julius Csotonyi 

Giant Squid, written by Candace Fleming | illustrated by Eric Rohmann 

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, written by Heather Lang | illustrated by Jordi Solano 

Arbor Day

Johnny Appleseed, A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh | illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen 

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind, written by Liz Garton Scanlon | illustrated by Lee White 

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup

Tell a Story Day

I Am a Story, by Dan Yaccarino 

One Day, the End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories, written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich | illustrated by Fred Koehler 

Short Stories for Little Monsters, by Marie-Louise Gay 

Ralph Tells a Story, by Abby Hanlon 

Written and Drawn by Henrietta, a Toon Book by Liniers 


April 28


National Blueberry Pie Day

More Blueberries! written by Susan Musgrave | illustrated by Esperança Melo

National Pool Opening Day

Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall 

National Rebuilding Day

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future, by Allan Drummond 

Tinyville Town Gets to Work, by Brian Biggs


April 29


World Wish Day

Happy Dreamer, by Peter H. Reynolds 

Miss Maple’s Seeds, by Eliza Wheeler 

The Story I’ll Tell, written by Nancy Tupper Ling | illustrated by Jessica Lanan 

Wherever You Go, written by Pat Zietlow Miller | illustrated by Eliza Wheeler 

The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin 

International Dance Day

Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing, written by Marilyn Singer | illustrated by Kristi Valiant