October 16th National Dictionary Day
We all know just how important a dictionary is. My biggest problem is when you ask someone how to spell a word and they tell you to look it up in a dictionary it’s a bit unhelpful. You need to know how to spell the word to look it up! Noah Webster is credited with creating the dictionary used in America in 1758. Of course we’ve added a lot of words since then, some that probably should not have been added but just ignore those. If you want to grow your vocabulary try joining the Grandiloquent Word of the Day organization. They will send you a new word every day to add to what you already know. That means that in a year, you’ll have another 365 words to use that no one else understands!
How to celebrate – Read a dictionary just for fun. Try looking up a word you don’t know! (Might be a challenge here) Create your own dictionary using your own made up words.
Reading is a great way to pass time and learn something, even if its just to learn how to have fun. I love books, I read nightly and unfortunately save nearly every book I’ve ever read. My study is overrun with books. That’s the one good thing about e-books, they are much easier to store! Speaking of E-books, check out “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” on Amazon. It’s a quick read and great for the holidays! Oh, and I wrote it so it will do wonders for me! (It’s cheap too!) I’d love to know what you think of it.
How to celebrate – Read a book. Tell a story. Share something you have learned from a book.
You either love them, or hate them. Personally, I love them! Books can take you places you might otherwise never go. You can visit other countries, other eras and other planets. You can be a part of a team that explores the Arctic, sail the seven seas, soar above the clouds, or solve mysteries like the greatest detectives of all time. Or you might even discover how the Evergreen Tree became the Christmas Tree (a plug to read my “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”, available on Amazon!) Books can keep you company, teach you things and give you a laugh. Once you’ve turned the first page you can never go back!
How to celebrate – Read a book today (or at least start one). Go on an adventure without leaving your living room. Write your own book.
With all that is going on right now telling stories is a must, whether it is telling them professionally or just to get your children to go to bed. Campfire ghost stories have always been a favorite. They can be made up stories or come from books, it doesn’t matter. If you think about it, movies and television shows are nothing but stories made up (Or come from real life experiences). And so, here again, I shamelessly plug my short story, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green.” (Available on ebooks at Amazon) Anyway, tell your kids a good story, or adults and let them get their minds off their troubles… Lord knows, we could all use that!
How to celebrate – Tell a story. Write a story. Make up a story that tells your family history.
Today was created by the International Board on Books in honor of Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday. Books launch us into other worlds, other eras and places we might not be able to go otherwise. And for children, it’s important to open their minds to other possibilities, real or imagined. And I shamelessly offer my book, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” as an example of something children, and families can enjoy. It’s on Amazon for only 99 cents. Yes it’s a Christmas story but since we don’t really know when the first Christmas was I guess it makes it good all year long. Anyway, if you know a child, get them a book, you won’t regret it.
How to celebrate – Get a book for a child. Donate a book to the library. Read “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”.
Just like with vegetables, as we get older we tend to appreciate things a little more. Books fall into that category as well. As a child we have so many things to do, most of which are useless, that we don’t get around to the things that are important. Reading is very important, it can take us places we might not ever get a chance to go, learn things that everyday life does not teach us and be entertained at the same time. The idea is to get kids to read so that by the time they grow up, they have a better foundation to make a better life for themselves. The day was created by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. A book is a treasure, just like those treasure buried by pirates, and often worth much more!
How to celebrate – Read a book with your child. Take your child to a library. Read a book yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.