March — the Perfect Month to Read
by Amber Brant
Did you know March is National Reading Awareness Month? In honor of one of our favorite pastimes — reading — we’ve created a list of five books that honor
several special events happening throughout this month: Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the First Day of Spring and World Poetry Day. Enjoy these books with your family or curled up in a cozy corner.
March 2 — Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
According to this article by CNN.com Dr. Seuss’ most popular book is also the most recently published one, “What Pet Should I Get?” The tale narrates the classic childhood moment of choosing a pet and teaches an important life lesson: it’s hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!
March 14 — Pi Day
While the combination of math and literature might initially send you scrambling for any other book on the shelf, many exciting books represent this intersection. For example, think of the way that Michael Crichton’s best-seller, “Jurassic Park,” seamlessly combines science with an epic adventure. Here is a list of eight Pi-day-celebrating books for adults from Paste Magazine. And for the kids, “Why Pi?” by Johnny Ball is a fun, fascinating look at one of the world’s most popular numbers. According to Amazon, “Numbers aren't just about sums and calculations, and there is no one better at illustrating this than the ingenious Johnny Ball as he demonstrates just how essential math is to our everyday world. “Why Pi?” examines how numbers have allowed explorers, engineers, and scientists to explore, build, and discover.”
March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day
Go green with your kids this year for every Irishman’s favorite holiday. With Adam Wallace’s “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” your kids will be rhyming and giggling their way to fun.
March 20 — First Day of Spring
Ah, spring! The days are getting longer and warmer. Why not explain how Spring Equinox works? Wendy Pfeffer’s “A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox” can help make this transition from winter to spring even more exciting. It’s not only fun, but also full of helpful ideas for hands-on activities you can share.
March 21 — World Poetry Day
Celebrate World Poetry Day with a classic book that you and your child will love. Now over 40 years old, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein is a bestselling collection of short poems and drawings that are silly, funny, and yet often profound. Silverstein’s classic is readily available in digital, audio, and traditional formats.