Alternate themes for displays and storytimes by month


We all know that sometimes it’s hard to come up with fresh ideas for displays and storytimes year after year. You know the obvious holidays, but after you’ve done the same display for five years running, it’s time to change it up. One of the best resources for sparking a tired imagination is Chases’ Calendar, a list of special month designations.

For instance, did you know that January is “Learn Spanish Month”? Or that July “Bikini Month”?

Neither did we!

Well, below is a list of special month designations that are great for kids sections. As we go through the year we’ll add suggested book titles to each which can serve as the basis of a great display, or a special storytime.

Feel free to e-mail us if you want to make a title suggestion we missed.




  • Creativity Month, Intl
  • Family Fit Lifestyle Month
  • Learn Spanish Month
  • Oatmeal Month
  • Skating Month, Natl


  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Bird Feeding Month, Natl
  • Black History Month, Natl
  • Cherry Month, Natl
  • Learn Italian Month
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month (We think this is pretty funny)
  • Youth Leadership Month


(Clearly people need cheering up in March)

  • American Red Cross Month
  • Craft Month, Natl
  • Ideas Month, Intl
  • Learn Russian Month
  • Mirth Month, Intl
  • Music in our Schools Month
  • Nutrition Month, Natl
  • Optimism Month
  • Play-the-Recorder Month
  • Umbrella Month, Natl
  • Women’s History Month, Natl


  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Daffynitions Month, Intl
  • Humor Month, Natl
  • Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Kite Month, Natl
  • Pecan Month, Natl
  • Poetry Month, Natl


  • Barbecue Month, Natl
  • Bike Month, Natl
  • Egg Month, Natl
  • Get Caught Reading Month
  • Hamburger Month, Natl
  • Learn German Month
  • Personal History Month
  • Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Natl
  • Salsa Month, Natl
  • Smile Month, Natl
  • Teen Self Esteem Month


  • Accordion Awareness Month, Intl
  • Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
  • Candy Month, Natl
  • Iced Tea Month, Natl
  • June Dairy Month
  • Learn French Month
  • Potty Training Awareness Month
  • Rivers Month, Natl
  • Rose Month, Natl


  • Bikini Month, Natl
  • Black Family Month, Natl
  • Blueberries Month, Natl
  • Cell Phone Courtesy Month (Love it!)
  • “Doghouse Repairs” Month, Natl (?)
  • Hot Dog Month, Natl
  • Learn Arabic Month
  • Roots and Branches Month
  • Skyscraper Month


  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • Happiness Happens Month
  • Inventors’ Month, Natl
  • Learn Japanese Month


  • Chicken Month, Natl
    • Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak (978-0064432535)
    • Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road by Ted Arnold (978-0803730946)
    • Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman (978-0805079517)
    • Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds (978-1599900995)
    • The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney (978-0803729353)
  • Fall Hat Month
    • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (978-0064431439)
    • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (978-0394800011)
    • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton (978-0671493202)
    • Old Hat, New Hat by the Berenstains (978-0394806693)
    • Sam’s Winter Hat by Albert Lamb (978-0439793049)
  • Honey Month, Natl
    • Buzz, Buzz Busy Bees by Dawn Bentley (978-0689868481)
    • Are you a Bee? By Judy Allen (978-0753458044)
    • Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole (978-0590257213)
    • Busy Buzzy Bee (DK readers) by DK (978-0789447586)
  • Organic Harvest Month, Natl
  • Piano Month, Natl
  • Shameless Promotion Month
  • Subliminal Communications Month
    • “Buy more books… buy more books… buy more books…” repeat quietly.


  • Hispanic Heritage Month, Natl (Sept 15-Oct 15)


  • Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
  • Bake and Decorate Month, Natl
  • Book Month, Natl
  • Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month
  • Chili Month, Natl
  • Communicate with Your Kid Month, Natl
  • Popcorn Poppin’ Month, Natl
  • Roller Skating Month, Natl
  • Spinach Lovers Month


  • Adoption Month, Natl
  • American Indian Heritage Month, Natl
  • I Am So Thankful Month
  • Learn Chinese Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month


  • Learn a Foreign Language Month
  • Tie Month, Natl (This is also pretty funny.)

One response to “Alternate themes for displays and storytimes by month

  1. These toolbox articles are wonderful– I’ve not had time to pay much attention to them before–thanks for having them here.

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