Many books are published for and about major holidays, but it’s much harder to find books for some of the other holidays. Here are some humorous chapter books that children may enjoy for the upcoming holidays–Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and April Fool’s Day.
By A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar:
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Harris explains the holiday and its traditions to Zeke. When Zeke gets an anonymous valentine, Harris is excited to help him figure out who sent it, but Zeke is confused at the customs of Earth, and his efforts to get a girl to notice him by doing what Harris tells him to don’t go quite right. Will Zeke be able to turn things around and show his valentine his feelings?
Written by Hillary Homzie and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbler:
Quirky and funny, second-grader Ellie May enjoys learning about US presidents. But she absolutely loves the idea of being class flag leader during the week before Presidents’ Day. Tired of not being chosen to hold the flag, she makes it her mission to finally get picked. Along the way, Ellie May ends up karate chopping the class plant when she tries to determine whether George Washington actually chopped down that cherry tree. Next, she takes apart the class pencil sharpener when she learns that Abraham Lincoln liked learning how gadgets work. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-it- All Ava or calm like her best friend Lizzy, but she’s good-hearted and eventually realizes that honesty and patience go a long way.
Written and illustrated by Matt Stanton:
When the school principal, Mrs. Sniggles, suggests Max run for class president, Max isn’t the only kid on the ballot. His archenemy, Abby Purcell, is also up for election—and she’s out to defeat him at all costs. To win, Max is going to need the 24/7 help of his best friend, Hugo, and he’s going to have to run the campaign of a lifetime.
Max may not be the smartest or fastest kid, or the handsomest, but he just might be the funniest kid you’ll ever meet—and it’s this talent that could turn him from underdog to top dog. Max for President!
APRIL FOOL’S DAY
By Hillary Homzie and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbler:
Quirky and funny second grader Ellie May can’t believe her class is allowed to celebrate April Fools’ Day–so long as it’s done in good fun. She absolutely loves the idea of targeting a certain someone–the practically perfect Ava. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May begins to brainstorm harmless pranks. Soon enough, good intentions turn the classroom and her home upside-down when fake ants, trick tape, and hidden surprises don’t go as planned. Ellie May eventually realizes that the best trick is to make friends genuinely laugh–at no one’s expense.
By Megan McDonald and illustrated by Erwin Madrid: