April comes with many teachable topics for students of all ages. Many parents are familiar with nationally observed days such as April Fool’s Day (April 1), Earth Day (April 22), or World Health Day (April 7). Around the world, however, people celebrate 151 events in April not including the religious holidays such as Easter or Passover which can fall in March or April depending on the year. Enjoy five of these events as teachable topics for the month.
Celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday
Celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on April 2. Andersen, best remembered for his fairy tales, was a Danish author and poet. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Nightingale", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and many more. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.
National Library Week
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States each April, typically the second full week. April is also School Library Month and holds National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day and Support Teen Literature Day, all which occur during National Library Week.
Celebrate World Book Day
World Book Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is an annual event falling on April 23. This event is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). April 23 is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, though not everyone agrees that this is technically correct.
Celebrate Charles Francis Richter’s birthday
Celebrate Charles Francis Richter’s birthday on April 26. The Richter scale was developed in 1935 by American seismologist Charles Richter (1891-1989) as a way of quantifying the magnitude, or strength, of earthquakes. Richter, who was studying earthquakes in California at the time, needed a simple way to precisely express what is qualitatively obvious: some earthquakes are small and others are large.
Celebrate International Astronomy Day
April 28th is International Astronomy Day, and the week of April 23rd-28th is International Astronomy Week. First celebrated in California during 1973, Astronomy Day provides a wonderful opportunity for families and students to explore the skies. Check with local parks, museums and planetariums for special events that may be scheduled in your area.