Guess what? It’s still September…yay! I haven’t yet lost that loving feeling for September, so I’m devoting this column to some of the lesser known national and international celebrations taking place this month. I have to admit that it was hard to limit myself to seven observances because there are a gazillion special days, weeks and months. Gazillion is probably an exaggeration, but let me tell you, there are a lot. In fact, I can’t stick to seven because I just know someone would be upset if I didn’t mention International Turkey Vulture Day. And, lo and behold, there is a perfect book to pair with ITVD: “Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird” by Katie Fallon. That’s right, an entire volume devoted to turkey vultures.
I’m also pretty sure there would be disapproving looks if I didn’t remind readers that World Beard Day happens in September. There are so many ways I could go with this: bearded dragons, bearded irises, bearded ladies — there’s even a bearded vulture (I can’t begin to tell you how tickled I am about this). But I decided to go with the true intention of WBD, and single out a picture book about facial hair, “The Lumberjack’s Beard” by Duncan Beedie. When felled trees displace woodland creatures, Big Jim Hickory, the lumberjack, feels really bad. How he helps his new friends is clever and pretty darn sweet.
By the way, I’ve included a cat book in the reading list even though there aren’t any cat-related celebrations in September. I do, however, tie the book to a September celebration. Why did I do this? Because cats.
• National Chicken Month:
“Arithmechicks Add Up: A Math History,” by Ann Marie Stephens.
I like chickens, but I like little fuzzy chicks even more. In this picture book, ten little fuzzy chicks are not only cute but smart. Smart enough to do math and add a new friend while doing addition. No “cheep” tricks here.