"The Holidays"

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We're fast approaching The Holidays—but what exactly does that mean?  Well, today we're sorting that out.

When the folks at Brilliant use the term "The Holidays," it's generally safe to assume that we're thinking mostly of the days that are largely celebrated in the US.  You know, like Hanukkah, Noel, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years.  But the fact is that there are a TON of other winter holidays, ranging from serious to sweet to utterly preposterous.

Stepping through the calendar, we're going to take a look at some of our favorite upcoming holidays—from Book Lovers Day on November 6th to the New Year!  And since we're a bookstore, we're recommending one great kids' book per holiday.

Which holiday is your favorite?  If it's not on the list, let us know, and we'll add it to the calendar!



Nov 6

Book Lovers' Day

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

Nov 6

Pumpkin Destruction Day

Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor

Nov 9

Chaos Never Dies Day

Over-scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires

Nov 11

Veterans Day

America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Mike Benny

Nov 13

World Kindness Day

The Cool Bean by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Nov 16

National Button Day

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean

Nov 17

World Peace Day

A Bowl Full of Peace by Caren Stelson, illustrated by Akira Kusaka

Nov 20

National Adoption Day

I Have Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb, illustrated by Suzie Mason

Nov 24

Evolution Day

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct by Drew Sheneman

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

Nov 28

Hanukkah Begins

You're My Little Latke by Natalie Marshall



Dec 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dec 4

National Cookie Day

The Smart Cookie by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Dec 5

International Ninja Day

Naruto, Volume 1 by Masashi Kishimoto

Dec 9

National Pastry Day

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids

Dec 11

Lost and Found Day

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Dec 12

International Children's Day

The Children's Moon by Jim LaMarche

Dec 15

Bill of Rights Day

A More Perfect Union  by Betsy and Giulio Maestro

Dec 16

Las Posadas Starts

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie DePaola

Dec 18

Underdog Day

The Underdogs by Tracey West, illustrated by Kyla May

Dec 18

International Migrants Day

Migrants by Issa Watanabe

Dec 20

Go Caroling Day

The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling by

Dec 21

Humbug Day

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Brett Helquist

Dec 21

Winter Solstice

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

Dec 25


The Christmas Pig by Jim Field

Dec 26

Kwanzaa starts

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise



Jan 1

New Year's Day

New Year by Mei Zihan and Qin Leng


We hope you found one new holiday to celebrate this year—and a good book to celebrate with!

Looking for a different gift for one of these special days?  Check out our 2021 Holiday Kids' Gift Catalog!


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