In terms of national celebrations and events, April is full of them. Sometimes I really enjoy an eclectic reading list, so I thought I would share reading recommendations for a variety of April-focused wingdings. Consider this the bibliographic equivalent of a Sunday brunch buffet: I hope it has something for everyone.
- April Fools’ Day:
“My Dad’s Funnier Than Your Dad: Growing Up with Tim Conway in the Funniest House in America” by Kelly Conway
- Instead of practical jokes or silly tricks, I like to celebrate April Fools’ Day with humor. I grew up watching “The Carol Burnett Show” and loved the hilarious interactions between Harvey Corman and Tim Conway. May Mr. Tudball live forever.
“Remarkable Rabbits” [DVD] directed by Susan Fleming
- Easter means so many things, but I have to admit that my favorite childhood memory is believing in the Easter Bunny. Now I have real bunnies living in my yard. Get to know these “remarkable rabbits” through a fascinating rabbit documentary.
- National Poetry Month:
“Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World” by Jane Hirshfield
- Sometimes I come up with a silly rhyme and then I tell myself I’m a poet and didn’t know it. Don’t be fooled, though – I am most decidedly not a poet. Read “Ten Windows” to discover how real poets, and great poems, make the world a better place.
- Earth Day:
“The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation” by Adam Rome
- Celebrate the blue planet by reading this engaging look at the origin of Earth Day.
- Arbor Day:
“Now is the Time for Trees: Make an Impact by Planting the Earth’s Most Valuable Resource” by Dan Lambe
- I’m pretty sure that trees are all-knowing and will outlive human beings. An old black walnut tree graces my yard, and every year I watch it transform through the seasons. Hug a tree – trust me, you’ll feel better.
- National Velociraptor Awareness Day:
“The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25 Discoveries: Amazing Fossils and the People Who Found Them” by Donald R. Prothero
- Bet you didn’t know that April observes a special day just for velociraptors. Yeah, I didn’t either, yet there you have it. Dinosaurs may be long gone, but their legacy lives on…and on.
New at the Library
- “Citizen K-9” by David Rosenfelt
- “Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives” by Rick Bleiweiss
- “The Swimmers” by Julie Otsuka
- “The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss” by Mary Frances O’Connor
- “How to Garden When You Rent” by Matthew Pottage
- “Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the Romance of the Century” by Stephen Galloway
- “Abdul’s Story” written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Tiffany Rose
- “Be Thankful for Trees” written by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald
- “Finn and the Subatomic Slip and Slide” by Michael Buckley
This is just a small sampling of the many new titles added each week to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District collection. Find more in our catalog, or call (360) 906-5000 to reserve titles or find additional listings.
Jan Johnston, Collection Manager
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries
You can email Jan at email@example.com.
A version of this column was published in the Sunday, April 24, 2022 edition of The Columbian newspaper.
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