Celebrate and honor different holidays of the year from the well-known holidays to the odd, funny, and wacky holidays. Try these read-alouds for March holidays. Read a book a day with the children in your life.
March Holidays with a Book a Day
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March 1st: National Pig Day
Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda is an interactive variation perfect for engaging young children. The students get to actually blow through the holes on the pages.
For more Three Little Pigs variations, check out this big list.—>Three Little Pigs Variations
March 2nd: Read Across America Day
Just Read! by Lori Degman celebrates reading anywhere and everywhere and with anyone or anything.
Heise Reads has some wonderful reading recommendations for reading about the diversity of America and the shift to move away from focusing this day on Dr. Seuss.—> See it Here
March 3rd: National I Want You to Be Happy Day
Layla’s Happiness by Maria Hadessa Ekere Tallie will warm you and send sensations of happiness through your veins as you see the simple things in life that make 7-year-old Layla happy.
March 4th: National Grammar Day
A clever story that also helps kids understand how punctuation works. This is a fun one to act out or to do as reader’s theater. Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers by Steve Newberry is a great book to add to your elementary classroom and use during writer’s workshop.
March 5th: Paper Bag Princess Day
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch was one of the first books that I can think of where the princesses do the rescuing. It’s been in print for generations for good reason.
March 6th: National Dentist’s Day
Take the anxiety out of going to the dentist with ABC Dentist by Harriet Ziefert. Each letter highlights a different experience from A for appointment to S for saliva. A vocabulary rich pick.
March 7th: National Cereal Day
Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? by Nick Sharratt is a fun interactive read. It’s a mix and match book so the kids can create lots of funny combos such as, “Do you like toothpaste in your bed?”
A fun project to do today would be to take a an empty cereal box, cut out the front and back to make book covers, add blank pages between, bind, and you have your own blank book.
March 8th: International Women’s Day
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison gives a glimpse of 40 different amazing women who have impacted our lives. This is a neat one where you can read about a different woman each day throughout the month.
Read more throughout Women’s History Month in March.—>Books Celebrating Women’s History Month
March 9th: Discover What Your Name Means Day
Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins Bigelow the story of a young girl who is frustrated that her teachers and classmates have mispronounced her name all day. The girl’s mom teaches her about the musicality of names using the city’s sights and sounds as inspiration. Empowered, the girl is ready to return to school and share her learning with her school.
Enjoy more books about names.—>Books About Names
March 10th: National Pack Your Lunch Today
Hopefully you can find this one at your library because I believe it’s out of print. Monster’s Lunch Box by Marc Brown is exactly what you would expect monsters might eat for lunch from spider Jell-O to a ball of belly button lint. Get ready for the giggles, snorts, and groans with this one.
March 11th: Dream Day
Dream of a better world. Think peace in The Peace Book by Todd Parr. Fill the world with friendship, caring, and acceptance.
March 12th: National Plant a Flower Day
From the crocuses that blossom announcing to spring to the tulips that blaze with bursts of color, celebrate all the flowers in A Season of Flowers by Michael Garland.
March 13th: National K9 Veterans Day
Dogs can be amazing companions even during a time of war. Stubby : A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman is a story of a dog who served in WWl who sniffed out danger and was loyal to soldiers.
March 14th: Learn About Butterflies Day
Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer is a sing-along bilingual book about the yearly migration of the Monarch butterfly.
Keep reading about butterflies.—>Books About Butterflies
March 15th: National Shoe the World Day
When a kind and resourceful shoe man repairs old shoes, he makes sure that rich and poor can get shoes in Shoebox Sam by Mary Brigid Barrett.
March 16th: Panda Day
Xander is throwing a party in Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and the guest list keeps growing and growing.
March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day
Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting is the story of a rabbit who plants shamrock seeds in hopes of having enough to create a necklace to wear to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. But, then his pot of shamrocks disappears. Can he find them in time?
March 18th: Global Recycling Day
One Plastic Bag by Isatou Ceesay is the story of how a group of women took a problem of too much trash and turn it into an art that became a money maker.
Read more books about recycling.—>Recycling Books for Kids
March 19th: Let’s Laugh Day
Warning…Crash, Splash, Moo! by Bob Shea is not the one to read if you are trying to quiet the kids. This is one that will stir all their sillies. This is one that will make them laugh. This is one that will make them say, “Read it again!” It is game show meets book and your kids get to be the contestants.
Keep laughing with these read-alouds.—>Silly Books for Kids
March 20th: First Day of Spring and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien ushers in all that signals spring. It’s almost magical how things change in the spring.
Keep reading about the new season.—>Books About Spring
March 21st: National Countdown Day
Determined chickens are about to break out of the pen. Count along as they do so in Chicken Break!: A Counting Story by Cate Berry. But, just as soon as they break, they have to get back home for another kind of break.
This is a fun one for counting to ten and back down again. You can also use it for rhyming and talking about the multiple meanings of “break.” Makes a perfect circle time read-aloud pick.
March 22nd: World Water Day
One Well The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss takes readers on a fascinating look into the water on our planet.
Read more.—> Books About Water
March 23rd: National Puppy Day
We all know that puppies can be a lot of work and get into lots of mischief. We find ourselves calling the puppy a lot and that’s what is highlighted in Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.
March 24th: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
It’s always so fascinating to think about the people and places behind where our food comes from. Travel to the Ivory Coast in Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate From Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon. A father tells his daughter about her grandfather and his work of harvesting the cacao as a farmer. Eating chocolate covered raisins while reading is optional.
March 25th: International Waffle Day
Baron Van Waffle is lounging in his Onion Ring Cave in Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast in the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk. Can help the fridge mates discover what is causing such a stink? No, he has no idea. But a little sleuthing by the others help uncover the ordor.
March 26th: Wear a Hat Day
Twelve Hats for Lena by Karen Katz walks us through the months of the year as Lena makes a new hat for each month. We also learn about the symbols associated with each month. I think the kids would like to make their own sets of hats after being inspired by this book.
March 27th: International Scribble Day
Never Let a Unicorn Scribble by Dian Albers is the story of a unicorn who eats crayons even though her owner pleads with her to scribble with them. So, the child ties a wad of crayons to her horn and well that horn did something pretty magical with them.
March 28th: Children’s Picture Book Day
Enjoy a wordless book today so you can focus on the beautiful illustrations and telling the story. Try Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin. In this story two barnyard animals becoming friends. They have great fun with an eggshell until it gets broken to pieces. But, the pup has a backup toy.
March 29th: World Piano Day
Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle is the story of a immigrant child prodigy who played the piano for Abraham Lincoln during a recovery time after the war.
March 30th: National Little Red Wagon Day
Lucy feels that taking her wagon to the market will feel more like a chore than play, but turns out there is lots of play to have on the way to and from the market in Red Wagon by Renata Liwska.
March 31st: National Crayon Day
When you think colors, you think crayons. Learn all about the inventor of the Crayola crayon in The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow.
Printable List of March Holiday Books
Grab a printable list of the books to enjoy with the kids.
Enjoy sharing books with children this March.