August 9th Book Lover’s Day

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

It’s summer, the perfect time to set up a hammock under a shade tree and read a good book while sipping on some iced tea or lemonade. There are millions of books to chose from and more coming out every year. The publishing trade has changed a great deal, good books are often found as self-published books because of the deals made to sell to the big stores and outlets. Spend some time on Amazon and look for something you find of interest. Nearly every subject known to man has a book written on it, or about it. You’re bound to find something you like (maybe even the book I wrote called, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green” by John Olbert – you’ll find it available on Amazon).

How to celebrate – Find a good book to read. Write a book of your own. Spend a summer afternoon learning something new.

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April 27th National Tell A Story Day

Kids love to hear stories, adults love to hear stories… even some animals love to hear stories. I think it may have to do with the fact we are actually spending time with someone (Or something) rather than being off doing our own thing. This is one tradition that has been handed down over the years that machines can really replace. Yes, machines can tell a story but it really needs the human element to be appreciated. If the story has pictures, all the better. Remember those ghost stories you use to tell out by a campfire? Well, many of them have been turned into movies and television shows. Some get turned into novels and others are just retold and retold until the children they are being old to have them memorized. Now the US and he UK have a difference of opinion when today is to be celebrated. We here in the US celebrate in April while the UK chooses October for their day. Exactly 6 months from each other. I wonder if there is a story to be told there.

How to celebrate – Tell someone a story today. Research stories that you believe your family members will be interested in. Learn to use different voices for the different characters.

National Winnie the Pooh Day

It was January 18th that A. A. Milne was born in 1882, Allan Alexander, and he had an idea. The world needed a bear that they could share in their lives and experience life through. I’m not exactly sure why, but he set about creating the bear we would all come to know and love.

Since a bear cannot be left alone in the woods with no one to talk to Milne also created Christopher Robin (Cause they had to have a human being in it for people to relate to) Tigger, that happy bouncy tiger, Eeyore, who is the favorite of many, Piglet and Roo. 

Since his creation, Winnie the Pooh has gone on to be a world wide success. I am not sure he lived long enough to honestly reap his rewards but the rest of us are that much better off for his vivid imagination. Can you imagine a world without Winnie the Pooh? I can’t.

How to celebrate – Read Winnie the Pooh with someone you love. Dress up like one of the characters from Pooh. Study Milne and all his works.


November 13th National Young Readers Day

In 1989 Pizza Hut and the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress created today in an attempt to get children to read more. Why? Well, because children’s worlds are as limited, or as unlimited, as we help make them.

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We may not be able to give them the opportunity to be the Queen of England or a cowboy in the wild west, a great detective like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, or to live like a patriot in Willamsburg or an artist in Paris… but we can let them experience those things by reading about them.

 

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If we aren’t careful, they might actually learn something! Books take use to worlds we might not otherwise ever experience. If they do that for us adults imagine what it can do for a kid that still has an open mind and dreams to fulfill.

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And it allows us adults to put in those shameless plugs to sell books we have written! (Available on Amazon) The fact is, writing a book for children might be the only way they will hear us.

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Or not…

How to celebrate – Find a book your kid would enjoy reading and give it to them. Encourage your child to write themselves. Read a book with your child.

November 3rd Book Lover’s Day

If you like books, today is the day to read one, well okay, it’s actually August 9th but this is another Book Lover’s Day, well okay, maybe every day should be Book Lover’s Day! Along with August 9th, the first Saturday in November is also Book Lover’s Day.

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I am sure there are a lot of books you haven’t read yet. They can be epics, romance or short stories. Personally, I sort of like the short stories because you can read several a day, or week, or month… whatever fits your schedule. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetic and biographies. I like the fictional poetic biographies best!

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If you can’t afford to purchase the book, you can always borrow one from the library, provided they have it. Most libraries, like book stores, are limited to what is popular and cheap! They have buyers who select what books are put in the library and what they believe you will want to read.

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But there are sorts of books out there that are available to read that you won’t find in book stores or libraries… you really should check them out. Like, (Shameless plug) “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” available on Amazon. Seriously though, there are a lot of fine books out there that do not reach popularity because the writer does not have the funding available to put it on a best seller list.

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And whether this is your book lover’s day, or August 9th… you really should read more. You will be entertained and if you aren’t careful… you might actually learn something!

How to celebrate – Read a book today. Search for unknown authors you can support. Don’t wait for another Book Lover’s Day to read.

September 8th International Literacy Day

Since most kids go back to school in September (Here in Florida it happens in August) it is only fitting that we celebrate International Literacy Day. It’s kinda important! If all the people of the world could read, maybe we’d get along a little better than we do.

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The United Nations created the day on September 8th, 1965 for UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The more we learn about each other the more we will respect one another. (At least in theory)

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When the doors open, opportunity presents itself. Sometimes it doesn’t work as well as we plan but maybe that’s because we expect too much. Opening up the world of reading to those who have never read before teaches them that there is a world beyond that they live in.

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We can learn to laugh and cry with others, read their struggles and their success’ and become closer as a world, not just a country. I read everyday and I learn so much that it sometimes amazes me. (Because I am old and thought I had learned everything!) Books let me know, I have learned so little, even though I have lived so long.

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It would be nice if the United Nations worked. Maybe someday we can read about the success stories because of their efforts. However, as long as there are politicians most nations are subjected to only what they want to teach us. So when reading, remember to always accept what you learn with a grain of salt.

How to celebrate – Donate books you have already read to those that have none. Read new books with new opinions. Write your experience down for others to share.

September 6th Read A Book Day

Well, there are a number of calendar days of the year and in many ways, today is just another one of those days. But the point of it all is… “Read”. It is entertaining, educational and informative. What else could you want?

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Now for those that say I can’t find anything to read I say… horse feathers! (I don’t really say that) There are libraries filled with books covering every subject you can imagine. History (my favorite), science, life, fashion, sports, language, religion, math, biographical, fiction, non-fiction, cooking… you think it up and someone has written about it.

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There are horror books, like “Frankenstein”, that scare us and books like “Green Eggs and Ham” that delight us. It can take you anywhere you want to go, for as long as you want to go there and imagine yourself as one of the characters in the book allowing you to become a hero if even for a short while.

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I love watching people read when they don’t know I’m watching. (No its not a weirdo thing) They go through all sorts of emotions that I am sure they don’t think they are showing. That smile, that tear, it lets you know that they are really living what they are reading.

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And for someone like me, your reading a book can help pay the bills! So Why Do The Evergreens Stay Green? Well, you’ll have to read it to know why (shameless plug, available on Amazon, itunes, B&N, and Google Books). If nothing else, read to find out why you should be reading.

How to celebrate – Read a book. Write a book. Subscribe to our Bizarre Bibliotheca Box (yes another shameless plug).