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    Please help your child find time to read daily. Establishing a common time to read will help your child develop a good reading habit.  Talk to your child often about reading and books.  Read together.  It is important for intellectual development, and it will be quality time spent together.


    September Tumblebooks Calendar

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    September: Classical Music Month!

    September is a month to celebrate classical music! But try not to wreak as much havoc as Pecorino!

    September: Little League Month!

    Baseball is one of the most accessible and enjoyable sports to play at any age, and it's fitting that September is the month in which we celebrate little league players who are just starting out!

    September: National Piano Month!

    The piano wasn't Oscar Peterson's first choice: he initially wanted to play the trumpet, until a sickness turned him toward the piano. But the PIANO is what made him famous!

    Read "Oscar Lives Next Door" and learn about the boy who grew up into the world famous (and Canadian-born) pianist!


    September 4: Labor Day (USA) and Labour Day (Canada)

    Labor Day - or "Labour Day" as we say in Canada - is a day to celebrate the achievements of the labor movement, and the people that pushed for workers' rights (like the 5-day work week, and safety regulations).

    "I've Been Working on the Railroad" is a classic TumbleTune that is sure to energize you and celebrate the hard work of your fore-fathers and -mothers.

    September 6: Read-a-Book Day

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read a book to a Rabbit or a Kangaroo or a Hippo? Well, even they might like to read a book on a day like today!

    But maybe, just stick to reading to younger siblings, or the family pet, and read this book instead!

    September 7: Born on this day: Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

    Queen Elizabeth I was born on this date in 1533. If she was alive today, she'd be 489 years old!

    As one of the longest reigning monarchs in the history of the British Empire, Elizabeth oversaw a rather tumultuous period...

    But I'm fairly confident that she didn't face any dragons - or rescue any princes named Ronald - like the Paper Bag Princess did (who was also named Elizabeth!)

    September 8: International Literacy Day

    Literacy is one of the most important life skills anyone can - and should - acquire!

    Celebrate the importance of literacy by reading "Clarence's Big Secret". It is a touching book that shows it's never too late to learn!

    September 11: 9/11 Remembrance Day

    September 11, 2001 is a very sad day in the history of the United States. It will be a sensitive topic to discuss in class for many years to come. Today is the 22nd anniversary of those events.

    TumbleBooks debated which book to present in our newsletter on this date, and finally chose the TumbleTune "The More We Get Together".

    This choice is not to make light of the historical importance of the day. Rather, we chose this book to show the light in the world... the light that will never fade as long as there's love, friendship, and unity in the world.

    September 12: Born on this day: Jesse Owens (1913-1980)

    Jesse Owens was an American track and field star who was born on September 12, 1913.

    He inspired a nation by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games, in Germany.

    Although we don't have a book about him right now, we thought you might like a book about another African American athlete: the baseball-superstar, Josh Gibson.

    September 13: National Peanut Day

    Peanuts are a tasty and versatile legume! But unfortunately they're not for everyone. Some people have such severe allergies to peanuts, that they've been banned from many schools and other public places.

    So while today is a day to celebrate the modest peanut, we should also take the time to raise allergy awareness with the TumbleBooks classic "No Nuts For Me!".

    September 18: Grandparents' Day

    Grandparents' Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

    It's a wonderful privilege to have caring Grandparents in your life! If you're lucky enough to have some in your life, give them a great big hug today, in honor of Grandparents' Day!

    September 19: National Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day!

    Aarrrr, me mateys! Did ye be knowin' that this day, 'tis a day like no other? Aarrr!!

    Aye! On the 19th day of ol' September, we be talkin' like yon pirates, matey! Aarr!!

    September 21: International Day of Peace

    Joseph is a young boy who was displaced from his homeland by war, and found a new home in America, as a refugee.

    He is a cheerful and determined little boy, who flourishes amid new experiences, challenges, and finding friendship in his new home.

    On the International Day of Peace, Joseph serves as a beacon of hope for younger generations as well as old.

    September 22: Dear Diary Day

    "Dear Diary... Today I ..."

    So begins many diary entries! Diaries have no age limit, and they inspire your imagination and introspection!

    On "Dear Diary Day" consider writing a special entry about how your life has changed since starting a diary? Or if you've never written in one before, why not give it a try?

    And, while it's not very nice to read someone else's diary without their permission, the little Fly in "Diary of a Fly" has given her OK! Her diary gives a very unique perspective!

    September 22: Autumnal Equinox

    Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler.

    Are you ready for winter? I hope so! "Tops and Bottoms" is a playful re-telling of the Grasshopper and the Ant, where the lazy bear takes advantage of the resourceful hare, until he learns his lesson the hard way.

    September 23 Dogs in Politics Day!

    President Obama had "Bo", and the two Presidents Bush had "Millie" and "Barney" respectively. And the Bidens have Major - the first rescue dog in the White House!

    Dogs are "man's best friend" because they keep us grounded, and show us what unconditional love looks like! So it's rather reassuring to know that the people who hold the most power in the world have a trusty pup by their side!

    In "War Dogs" we follow British Prime Minister Winston Churchill through the trials and tribulations of the Second World War through the eyes and ears of his faithful companion: a poodle named Rufus!

    September 25: National Math Storytelling Day!

    It's like TumbleMath was MADE for this day!

    Check out this new collection of math story books at www.TumbleMath.com - it's the most comprehensive collection of Math story books anywhere online!

    To celebrate National Math Story Telling Day, we chose "One Odd Day" - a delightful tale about a little boy who wakes up one day, finding everything around him a little... odd!

    It's available on both TumbleMath and TumbleBookLibrary!

    September 28: National Good Neighbor Month (or Neighbour!)

    Neighbors - or Neighbours (there's that Canadian spelling again!) - come in all types and sizes!

    In the animal world you might have a hive of honeybees in a tree near a sparrow nest.

    Or, neighbors might be two apartments side by side on the 45th floor!

    And, of course they can also be two houses side by side.

    But on a GRAND scale, the United States and Canada are the BIGGEST and BEST neighbors around! Through thick and thin... we've always been there to lend each other a cup of sugar... (so to speak!)

    So take a trip and go just a little "crazy"! Check out your neighbour to the north, or your neighbor to south!

    September 29: World Heart Day

    On World Heart Day we celebrate the importance of heart health!

    Check out this Tumble-favorite, "The Circulatory Story" in the non-fiction section! It outlines how the heart works to keep the blood pumping in your veins.

    September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Canada)

    The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day, is a Canadian statutory holiday to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system.

    Today, you can read the two TumbleBooks, "When I Was Eight" and "Not My Girl" which give modern-day children perspective on what happened in residential schools, while also highlighting the 

    Digital Citizenship is very important in today's technology-rich environment.  Help your child navigate the world of internet access and social media safely and responsibly

    Click here to see digital citizenship lessons by grade levelwww.comonsense.org 

    I use the comonsense.org website (above) and teach lessons to students. 


    A fun introductory activity is to take an internet safety quiz.  This quiz will help you see where your child stands.  Younger students will need help.  Grades 3-6 should be able to take the quiz independently.  Use the quiz as a springboard for productive conversations about digital citizenship. At the end of the quiz you will be taken to the safekids.com website, where you can find other resources.