12 October Celebrations + a Birthday!

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

International Dinosaur Month
National Roller Skating Month
International Music Day
National Fire Prevention Week
World Egg Day
National Dessert Day
Global Hand Washing Day
World Bread Day
Dictionary Day
National Pasta Day
Diwali
Halloween
and a Birthday!

Celebrate Diwali/Deepavali with “Deepavali Sounds” by Uma Krishnaswami! The date varies each year: October 27, 2019; November 14, 2020; November 4, 2021; October 24, 2022.

October Highlights

Int’l Dinosaur Month

Celebrate International Dinosaur Month with “Dinosaur Dinners” by Avis Harley, where she talks about dinosaur poop—and follow it with another poem by Harley (from The Poetry of Science) for young paleontologists and other scientists, too, about scientific processes and the concept of changing just one variable at a time.

Picture Book Pairing: Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz

Global Hand Washing Day

Let’s try to be GERM-FREE—at least for another week! Celebrate Global Hand Washing Day with a short hand-washing poem video of “Bubbles” by Jacqueline Jules (composed and sung by the poet herself). Follow this with a poem on immunizations, “Shots! Shots! Shots!” by Joy Acey, from The Poetry of Science.

Picture Book Pairing: Sick Simon by Dan Krall

World Bread Day

Celebrate World Bread Day with pan dulce! Listen to “How to Eat Pan Dulce” by René Saldaña, Jr. (find the SoundCloud link above) and then read it yourselves in English and in Spanish. Follow this poem with Elaine Magliaro‘s “School Bake Sale” from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud!

Picture Book Pairing: I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada (or learn to make Mexican treats with My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats by Fany Gerson)