And did thou know’st today is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day? Or National Lost Dogs Awareness Day?
One thing I like to do from time to time is look at the website, nationaldaycalendar.com, which lists national day-long celebrations of events and things beyond the official holidays. Some are highly-recognized and reflect important issues, like the National Day of Silence last week. Others are completely obscure and have dubious or unknown origins, like National Peanut Cluster Day back on March 8.
Here are a few upcoming national days and some Wheelock College Library items you may want to pick up (or just stay online and access since this is 2015 and we have ebooks and streaming videos) in recognition:
April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
The Scruffy Puppy by Holly Webb; illustrated by Sophy Williams
Bella’s excitement over her new shelter puppy, Sid, is slightly dampened by her friends and their snooty attitude towards shelter dogs. Bella enters Sid into a dog show to show her friends that dogs are wonderful no matter if they’re pedigreed or from a shelter.
May 5: National Teacher Appreciation Day
Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell
Sahara is heartbroken and struggling in school after her father left and her only solace is writing. After she loses her motivation to turn in schoolwork, she has to repeat the 5th grade, which sounds awful at first. However, she gets a new and unconventional teacher who supports and inspires Sahara and her fellow students.
Teachers Know What Works Experience, Not Statistics, Confirms What Will Work by Keen Babbage
There are many books out there about improving schools. This particular one brings the focus to teachers and how based on their experiences, teacher input is invaluable in discovering what works in the classroom with and for students.
May 9: National Lost Sock Memorial Day
A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy; illustrated by Lois Ehlert
A sock searches the house for its lost mate. This children’s book is perhaps the only one out there told in the point of view of a sock!
Not a book about lost socks, but one of my favorite moments involving a sock separated from another occurred in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
May 9: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day
The Red Wagon (DVD): Facing Hunger / Directed by Dave Raizman and Jim Ritvo ; Producer, Jim Ritvo.
This documentary tells the story of individuals and families in rural Vermont struggling every day to feed their families and having to rely on the charitable food system of food banks, soup kitchens and food shelves.
Closing the Food Gap : Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty by Mark Winne
Not really a book about hunger, but author and food activist, Mark Winne examines the issue of poverty and its effect on on food choices.
May 15: National Endangered Species Day
Endangered Animals by Ben Hoare and Tom Jackson
This book takes a look at creatures around the world that are currently threatened with extinction, along with the ways that we can help them survive.
The Atlas of Endangered Species by Richard Mackay
This atlas profiles species lost, threatened and surviving today through full-color maps and graphics. It covers the environmental impacts of human development including climate change and damage caused by deep-sea trawling and mining.
May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day
Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook Every Recipe Is Free of Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Nuts, and Eggs by Elizabeth Gordon.
The definitive reference for recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs.
Pudding a Global History by Jerry Quinzio
No specific coverage on vanilla pudding, but still an interesting read about pudding!
May 25: National Tap Dance Day
Happy Feet (dvd)
Mumble is unlike other emperor penguins. Instead of singing a heartsong to attract mates, he tap dances to the tune. After he is cast out of his penguin community, he meets an unorthodox group of penguins and they embark on a series of adventures.
Where the Action Is: Tap Technique, Part 1
Learn how to tap dance! Seriously, the above is a link to a tap dancing instruction video provided by our streaming video subscription, Academic Videos Online.