12 December Celebrations + an Un-Birthday!

In The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations,
you’ll find December poems about:

Chanukah
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
National Cookie Day
Wildlife Conservation Day
Dewey Decimal Day
National Cocoa Day
National Flashlight Day
First Day of Winter
Christmas
Boxing Day
Kwanzaa
New Year’s Eve
and an Un-Birthday!

December Highlights

National Cocoa Day

National Cocoa Day is celebrated by some people on December 12 and by others on December 13, but we think it’s such a terrific holiday that you should celebrate it twice—in English and in Spanish—with “Cheering for Cocoa” by Ken Slesarik!

Picture Book Pairing: No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart

Dewey Decimal Day

Celebrate Dewey Decimal Day on December 10 with this video that explains the basics, then read “Looking for a Book: A Dialogue with a Librarian” by Elizabeth Steinglass—and follow that with a trip to the library to look for favorite topics!

Picture Book Pairing: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

New Year’s Eve

Instead of a midnight countdown, try a more child-friendly celebration of New Year’s Eve (Day) with the NOON countdown in “Happy Noon Year” by Anastasia Suen from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations!

Picture Book Pairing: At the Same Moment Around the World by Clotilde Perrin