Check It Out: An April Assortment

Submitted by J. Johnston on Wed, 04/27/2022 - 11:37

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.

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A version of this column was published in the Sunday, April 24, 2022 edition of The Columbian newspaper.

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