November is…

Ahh, November. The leaves turn red or gold or mixtures of yellow and green. The air is nippy with the hint of winter to come. The sweaters come out of the boxes and corduroy begins showing up in the stores. School children everywhere leave their coats at school on those warm afternoons that followed a chilly morning. It seems as if there isn’t much room for more to celebrate…but that’s where you’d be wrong, my learned friends! Read on…


Flower:       Chrysanthemum

Birthstone:    Topaz

New Moon:    November 9

Full Moon:     November 24


November is the month for…

American Diabetes Month

Aviation History Month hug a diabetic pilot!

Celebrate Empty Nester Month

Cozy Cuddles for Kids (11/1-12/20) just not at school…

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Family Stories Month tell them about the time you (insert crazy kid thing here)

I Am So Thankful Month

International Drum (Percussion) Month I’m thankful I don’t live with a drummer…

International Microfinance Month

Learn Chinese Month I don’t think I can get this done in one month…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

MADD’s Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)

Military Family Appreciation Month hug a military kid!

National Adoption Month if just 1% of us adopted, the world would be a better place…

National AIDS Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Month I almost forgot to include this one…

National American Indian Heritage Month

National COPD Awareness Month love your lungs

National Family Caregivers Month

National Georgia Pecan Month make a pie, y’all!

National Home Care & Hospice Month

National Impotency Month not touching this one (no pun intended)

National Inspirational Role Models Month wait…that’s US!

National Life Writing Month no one would believe mine anyway…

National Marrow Awareness Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month love it on bananas!

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

National Pomegranate Month just wish it wasn’t so pricey to drink the juice…

National Roasting Month where are the marshmallows!

National Scholarship Month

Prematurity Awareness Month behavior or birth?

Vegan Month did you know you can be a vegan eating potato chips and Cool Whip?


Weekly celebrations…

11/1-7                     National Fig Week who gives a fig?

                                World Communication Week

11/3-9                     National Care Week I do.

11/4-10   National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week thank you shelter people!

                                National Long-term Care Awareness Week

11/5-9                     Dear Santa Letter Week that’s why there’s Xmas stuff in stores already!

                                Kids’ Goal Setting Week

11/5-11   Pursuit of Happiness Week did we have life week? Liberty week?

11/11-17 National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

11/11-18 Home Care Aide Week

11/12-18 American Education Week

                        Green Ribbon Awareness Week I can’t keep up with all these colors!

                                Childrens’ Book Week read to a kid!

                                 Perioperative Nurse Week

11/16-22 National Farm-City Week keep growing & our farms will be IN the city!

11/18-24 National Family Week

                                National Game & Puzzle Week play games with your family!

11/18-25 National Bible Week

11/19-25 Better Conversation Week talk about the Bible.

11/25-12/2              Travelers with Disabilities Week


Try to remember these days in November….

11/1                         All Saints’ Day

                                National Authors’ Day

                                National Family Literacy read, read, read, read

                                National Men Make Dinner Day a man, a can, and a plan!

                                Mexico: Day of the Dead (and 11/2)

                                Guatemala: Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez (All Souls Day)

11/2                         National Traffic Directors Day honk at one today!

                                Plan Your Epitaph Day there isn’t a stone big enough…

11/3                         Cliché Day easy as pie, state-of-the-art, thinking outside the box

                                Digital Scrapbooking Day

                                Fala Day la la la la la la la

                                International Tongue Twister Day rubber baby bugger bumpers

                                Sadie Hawkins Day ask a man to dance!

                                Samoa: Arbor Day

                                Sandwich Day peanut butter with pecans!

11/4                         Daylight Savings Ends

                                National Chicken Lady Day who is the chicken lady?

                                Use Your Common Sense Day a shrinking asset these days…

                                Zero Tasking Day if you get the urge to do something, lie down till it passes!

11/6                         International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

                                Election Day

                                Saxophone Day coincidence?

                                Australia: Recreation Day

11/7                         National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day yum!

11/8                         Abet and Aid Punsters Day punsters, not pundits…

                                Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day with a punster

                                Merchant Sailing Ship Preservation Day

                                National Parents as Teachers Day they’ve got the 1st five years

11/9                         Diwali

                                Guiness World Record Day what would you try to get a record with?

                                National Child Safety Council

                                Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day it’s never too late to say thanks

11/9-10   Kristallnacht

11/9-11   National Donor Sabbath Days is this a reprieve from donating??

11/10                       Area Code Day

                                Marine Corp Birthday simper fi!

                                Great American Warm Up (November 10-12) snuggle!

11/11                       Death/Duty Day

                                Veteran’s Day (actual)

11/12                       Birth of Baha’U’Llah

                                I Need A Patch for That Day jeans or software?

                                World Orphan Day adopt, adopt, adopt

                                Veteran’s Day (observed)

11/13                       National Young Readers Day

                                World Kindness Day be kind and read to a child!

11/14                       Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day this should be the day after T-giving!

                                National American Teddy Bear Day

                                National Educational Support Professionals Day hug your clerk!

                                India: Children’s Day

11/15                       America Recycles Day

                                Great American Smokeout could we recycle all the ejected butts??

                                I Love to Write Day

                                National Bundt (Pan) Day remember the scene in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?”

11/16                       International Day for Tolerance

11/17                       Homemade Bread Day love those bread machines!

                                National Family Volunteer

                                National Survivors of Suicide Day

                                Remembrance Day

11/18                       Married to a Scorpio Support Day

                                Mickey Mouse Day m-i-c, see ya next month!

                                Push-button Phone Day remember the rotary phones?!

11/19                       Have a Bad Day Day why?

11/20                       African Industrialization Day

                                Name Your PC Day I call mine Charlie.

                                National Adoption Day rid the world of orphans!

                                Transgender Day of Remembrance

                                Universal Children’s Day

11/21                       Pumpkin Pie Day

                                World Hello Day

                                World Television Day say hello to your pie while watching Oprah!

                                What Do You Love About America? Day all these “holidays”

11/22                       Humane Society Anniversary Day

                                Thanksgiving Day

                                Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day can you make a turkey out of tofu?

                                Lebanon: Independence Day

St. Cecilia Feast Day

11/23                       Black Friday

                                Buy Nothing Day only crazy people go shopping today…

                                Flossing Day

                                Japan: Labor Thanksgiving Day

                                National Salesperson’s Day

                                Sinkie Day as in eating the leftovers over the sink…

                                You’re Welcomegiving Day

11/24                       D. B. Cooper Day why do we celebrate a plane-jumping thief?

                                International Aura Awareness Day watch SciFi!

11/25                       Alascattalo Day (About Alaska)

                                Blasé Day whatever…

                                International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

                                Shopping Reminder Day as if Xmas commercials weren’t enough…

11/27                       Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Day

11/29                       Electronic Greetings Day send a happy email (no forwards!)

                                International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

11/30                       Computer Security Day

                                National Meth Awareness Day the rotten teeth will give you away…

                                Stay Home Because You’re Well Day and go shopping online!

                                Philippines: Bonifacio Day


Selected Author/Illustrator birthdays in November

11/1         Stephen Crane, 1871

11/2         Mildred Ames, 1919; Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, 1956

11/3         Betty Bao Lord, 1938; Janell Cannon, 1957

11/4         Sterling North, 1906

11/5         Thomas Aylesworth, 1927; Raymond Bial, 1948

11/6         Michelle Magorian, 1947

11/7         Armstrong Sperry, 1897; Jan Adkins, 1944

11/8         Katherine Briggs, 1898; Willa Cather, 1873; Marianna Mayer, 1945

11/9         Lois Ehlert, 1934; Pat Cummings, 1950

11/10       Kate Seredy, 1899

11/11       Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1907; Diane Wolkstein, 1942

11/12       Dahlov Ipcar, 1917; Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, 1928

11/13       Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850

11/14       Miska Miles, 1899; William Stein, 1907; Astrid Lindgren, 1907

11/15       Marianne Moore, 1887; Daniel Pinkwater, 1941

11/16       Jean Fritz, 1915; Robin McKinley, 1952

11/17       Andrea Spalding, 1944

11/18       Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939

11/19       Ann Herbert Scott, 1926; Elizabeth Cleaver, 1939

11/20       Marion Dane Bauer, 1938

11/21       Elizabeth George Speare, 1908; Leo Politi, 1908; Megan Whalen Turner, 1965

11/22       George Eliot, 1819; Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958

11/23       Marc Simont, 1915; Lois Johnson, 1936

11/24       Carlo Collodi, 1826; Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849; Yoshiko Uchida, 1921

11/25       P. D. Eastman, 1909; Marc Brown, 1946; Crescent Dragonwagon, 1952

11/26       Doris Gates, 1901; Laurence Pringle, 1935

11/27       James Agee, 1909; Kevin Henkes, 1960

11/28       William Blake, 1757; Ed Young, 1931; Mary E. Lyons, 1947

11/29       Louisa May Alcott, 1832; C. S. Lewis, 1898; Madeleine L’Engle, 1918

11/30       Jonathan Swift, 1667; Mark Twain, 1835; Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1874

Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia

Posted on October 26, 2007, in Activities. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for mentioning Digital Scrapbooking Day, taking place on November 3rd. That’s a Saturday, but digital scrapbooking can be celebrated – and included in lesson plans – any day of the week. Beyond the obvious artistic and design skills, digital scrapbooking helps build technical computer skills, eye-hand coordination, and writing skills, as well. I’d personally love to hear how any teachers and/or media specialists include digital scrapbooking tasks in the classroom.

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