Whether you are looking forward to cooler weather, or revelling in the hottest days of the year, the month of August holds plenty to do. Visit the state fair or get those last vacation days in, just be sure to stop by the library to grab a cool book in some cool air conditioning for those hot hot days.
Children’s Vision and Learning Month. Have fun with some optical illusion and matching games from the Children's Vision Information Network.
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month. Check out a book about Kindergarten to get ready! Parents of kids of all ages can check out these handy Back to School links from U.S.A.Gov to learn about immunizations, school bus safety, healthy eating and more.
Word of the month: cyclopean: Vast, gigantic. Characterization of the mythical one-eyed Greek creature cyclops. After the storm, the family had to start on the cyclopean task of cleaning the farm and yard, removing fallen trees and a stray wind-blown shed.
August 1 It’s astronomer Maria Mitchell’s birthday today. Check out the organization, aquarium and natural science museum left to the people of Nantucket by this pioneering American.
August 2 The first Lincoln penny was issued on this day in 1909. Visit spaghettiboxkids.com/blog/penny-games for several penny games. The Indiana State Fair Starts today in Indianapolis.
August 3 National Watermelon Day. Read Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt or Watermelon Mystery by Paul Hutchens.
August 8 It’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s birthday. It’s a classic: Rawling’s The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn.
August 9 Smokey Bear has a birthday. Visit the Smokey Bear website to learn about wildfire prevention.
August 11 The Perseid Meteor Shower will best be visible tonight. Plan a stargazing party!
August 15 It’s E. Nesbit’s birthday. If you haven’t read British author Nesbit’s children’s books, check one out this month. Did you know? The premise of E. Nesbit’s fantasy Five Children and It inspired Edgar Eager’s Half Magic.
August 18 It’s Bad Poetry Day. Just for fun, try writing a bad poem. Read some books about poetry.
August 21 Hawaii becomes a state on this day in 1959. Read a book about Hawai'i.
August 22 Tooth fairy fun. Read a book about the Tooth Fairy and make tooth fairy boxes. Visit familyfun.go.com/crafts/tooth-fairy-box-670436 for directions.
August 25 It’s Ian Falconer’s birthday. Visit Olivia the Pig’s website.
August 26 Women’s Equality Day Today commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women full voting rights in 1920. Read The taxing case of the cows: a true story about suffrage by Iris VanRynbach.
August 27 Banana Lovers Day. Listen to Bananaphone by Raffi or visit www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/banana.html for some banana “action” songs.
August 28 It’s Allen Say’s birthday. His book, Drawing from Memory, will give readers insight into this wonderful illustrator.
Q: Why are bananas never lonely?
A: Because they hang around in bunches!
“I wished there was a way to keep that in a bottle, that one moment of wonderful perfect, so I could open it up whenever I needed to get a good whiff.”
– Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff