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    February Tumblebooks Calendar

    February 2024 Tumblebooks Calendar

    Click the book covers below to read!

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    February is Black History Month!

    The month of February is dedicated to Black History:

    To those who fought to live in freedom like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

    To those who fought for equal rights like Martin Luther King, Jr and James Baldwin.

    And to those of the modern generation who continue to fight for justice and equality like Ta-Nehisi Coats, Kamala Harris, Laverne Cox, and many more.

    We hope you enjoy reading The Patchwork Path and Oscar Lives Next Door. Two very different stories, from children separated by time and circumstance.

    Patchwork Path is about a little girl striving to be reunited with her family amid gross injustice and slavery of the mid 1800s United States.

    Oscar Lives Next Door is about legendary pianist, Oscar Peterson, as a child growing up in Montreal. He overcame great adversity and relentlessly pursued his love for music!

    February 1: National Wear Red Day

    On February 1st, we wear RED... It's in honor of Heart Health.

    Kelly LOVES the color red! In "Red is Best" let her tell you why it is simply the best!

    February 2: Groundhog Day

    For an animal that only has to work one day a year, Mr. Groundhog is awfully eager to give his job away! Why? He's tired of everyone blaming him for predicting six more weeks of winter!

    TumbleBooks' favorite, "El Señor Marmota quiere el dia libre." is now available in English: "Mr Groundhog Wants The Day Off"!

    February 6, 1952: Princess Elizabeth Windsor becomes Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning British monarch in history! Her official coronation was in June of 1953, and she was queen for just over 70 years,

    Sadly, she passed away in late 2022, but her memory will live on.

    On the lighter side, TumbleBooks knows of another Princess Elizabeth! The Paper Bag Princess!

    February 10: Lunar New Year

    Around the world, billions of people begin celebrating the Lunar New Year on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

    Also called Chinese New Year, and The Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in many different ways across Asia and the world, but the heart of the celebrations are the same: it's a time to celebrate new beginnings, spend time with family and friends, and share good food and love.

    Except poor Goldy Luck... In the new TumbleBook, "Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas", little Goldy has a lot to learn about being a polite guest during her family's Chinese New Year celebrations.

    February 11: Born on this day... Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

    Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison! If he were alive today, he'd be 177 years old!

    Thomas Edison is a famous American inventor, who held over 1200 patents, including those for the incandescent lightbulb and the phonograph!

    February 11: Super Bowl LVIII

    Super Bowl LVIII - that's 58 in Roman Numerals! - is on February 11th this year!

    Who do you think will be victorious?

    Every road to Super Bowl Sunday has to start somewhere!

    NFL superstars Tiki and Ronde Barber wrote "Teammates" together, and they show just how far teamwork and perseverance can take you!

    February 12: Born on this day... Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

    Happy Birthday Mr. President! If he were alive today, Abraham Lincoln would be 215 years old!

    Abraham Lincoln is one of the United States' most honored presidents. Go back in time with Mr. Caruthers' third grade class and learn about the man behind the legend!

    February 14: Valentine's Day! <3

    Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate LOVE in all its forms!

    Because, as the Beatles would say, "All you need is Love"!

    This touching TumbleBook, "Mama Do you Love Me", highlights the special bond between parent and child, using stunning Inuit-inspired art and imagery.

    February 15: Born on this day... Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

    Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony! If she were alive today, she'd be 204 years old!

    Susan B. Anthony is an American icon who fought for women's rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    She once said: "I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."

    Today's book is "Keesha's Bright Idea" which celebrates a little girl's ingenuity... something Ms. Anthony would have been proud of!

    February 19: Presidents' Day (United States)

    Today is the third Monday in February... also known as Presidents' Day!

    The day often coincides with George Washington's birthday, February 22, 1732. If he were alive today, he'd be a whopping 292 years old!

    From Washington to Kennedy, or from Roosevelt to Obama: Celebrate the history of the United States' greatest leaders with the TumbleBook favorite "The House that George Built"!

    February 19: Family Day (Canada)

    Family Day, in Canada, is a time to come together and enjoy one another's company… to appreciate just what family means to each of us.

    In a heartfelt TumbleBook, "Maya", a little girl uses fond memories of her deceased father to soothe herself, and assuage her grief as she navigates a tumultuous dreamscape.

    February 20, 1914: Carnegie Library opens in Auburn, WA

    Andrew Carnegie was a wealthy, library-loving philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to, and was instrumental in, the development of hundreds of libraries all over North America!

    One such library was opened in Auburn, Washington in 1914.

    Read all about Andrew Carnegie and his library-loving life in "The Man Who Loved Libraries"!

    February 24: Born on this day... Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786-1859)

    Wilhelm Carl Grimm is the younger half of the famous "Brothers Grimm"! If he were alive today he'd be 238! (his brother Jacob was born a year earlier)

    Together they collected and wrote dozens and dozens of the fairy tales that you know and love today: Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and many more!

    Though it's evolved over the years, the lessons still ring true today... even if they get wildly mixed up in this Maynard Moose Classic "Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs"!

    February 26: Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    TumbleBooks just love fairy tales!! Who doesn't?!

    In this classic fairy tale, a little baby bird is sad because it thinks it's just an ugly duckling! But when it grows up, it realizes it's a swan, one of the most beautiful birds in the animal kingdom!

    You can also enjoy The Ugly Duckling in Spanish! Look for El Patito Feo in the Spanish section!

    February 28: National Tooth Fairy Day

    The Tooth Fairy is a North American tradition with superstitious European roots.

    But is it an easy job? Nope! She has to travel thousands of miles every night, collecting teeth from beneath the pillows and blankets of thousands of children every evening!

    February 29: Leap Day

    Every four years, we add an extra day to the end of February and call it "Leap Day".

    But why?

    It's because a year isn't exactly 365 days! It's actually closer to 365.25 days!

    So in a sense, we "bank" that 0.25 day every year for four years, and at the end, we "spend" it all on Leap Day!

    As a special treat, we're including a free trial to TumbleMath so you can check out the book "Days, Weeks, and Months" to learn more about how a calendar works.

    www.TumbleMath.com
    Username: feb2024
    Password: math

    And CLICK HERE to go straight to the book itself for your convenience!

     


    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.