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Enter With Happy Hearts–Awarded for November 2015

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 1, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground” –A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

Announcing the winner of a beautiful, handmade Origami bookmark made by Deanna K. Klingel… Joan Y. Edwards.  Congratulations.  I will contact Deanna and let her know you won.  Enjoy!

“Enter With Happy Hearts–Awarded for November 2015” by Linda Martin Andersen

November is a time to appreciate stories–oral and written.  Enter the month with a happy heart as you celebrate these and other fun November celebrations. (Awards selected by me for this site only.)

Enter With Happy Hearts Awards--Family Stories Month, National Novel Writing Month, Picture Book Month, National Author's Day:1, I Love to Write Day: 15. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Enter With Happy Hearts Awards–Family Stories Month, National Novel Writing Month, Picture Book Month, National Author’s Day:1, I Love to Write Day: 15. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

November is…

  • Aviation History MonthIn what ways has aviation history affected your life? Name one positive influence.
  • Family Stories MontDoes anyone in your family record your family’s stories? Do you pass the stories down by word-of-mouth or in written form? What’s one of your favorite family stories? What if someone in your family told a story each month? Maybe family members would take turns. What if you created a family stories calendar or book?
  • National Native American Heritage MonthAsk a librarian for book title suggestions. Read. Study famous Native Americans. Read as many as you can this month.
  • National Novel Writing MonthSome authors write a novel in November as part of a writing challenge. Tell of a time when you had to write a certain number of words or pages to meet a deadline. Did you meet your goal? What helped you?
  • Picture Book MonthEach day this month an author tells why picture books are important. Name five favorite picture book authors. To learn more about Picture Book Month check here:  http://picturebookmonth.com/
  • Picture Book Idea Month–(PiBoIdMo) Tara Lazar sponsors this event to encourage writers to record one or more picture book ideas each day of November.  To learn more check here:  http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/

Special Weeks in November…

  • World Communication Week: 1-7–Give examples of how to communicate with the world.  How do you communicate with the world?  What other ways would you like to communicate?
  • Dear Santa Letter Week: 7-13–Have you ever written Santa?  Did you mail your letter or leave it by the Christmas tree?  What do you wish Santa could bring you this year?  Will you ask him?
  • Geography Awareness Week: 8-14–Name ways you can be more aware of world geography.  What resources can help you find the most current information?  Not sure? Ask a reference librarian at your public library. 
  • World Kindness Week: 9-15–Quick as a bunny…name five ways you like to have kindness shown to you.  Now, do one or more of these kind acts for someone else this month. 
  • American Education Week: 16-20–Name your favorite school subject.  What topic can you research this week so you learn more in this subject area?  Find books, websites, documentaries, etc. on this topic.
  • National Family Week: 22-28–What family activity could you do this week that would be special?  Schedule it for this week, if you can.
  • National Game & Puzzle Week: 22-28–Which do you like better:  Games or puzzles?  Ask each person in your family this question.  Then ask each person to lead the family in an activity for one night of this week.  Or plan a game and puzzle festival for the weekend.  Have fun!

Special Days in November…

  • National Authors’ Day: 1–Why not read a debut author’s book?  Or books by a local or state author.  Perhaps, you’ll add a new  favorite to your list.  How can you learn about debut and local authors?  Ask a librarian or book store clerk for assistance.  Also, ask the library to purchase books you’d like to read that aren’t on the shelves. 
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: 1 (Turn Back One Hour)–One more glorious hour.  How will you spend it?
  • Cliché Day: 3–Brian Klems describes clichés this way,”They are boring and abused and about as fun to read as the instruction manual of a Dustbuster.”  See article here:  http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/12-cliches-all-writers-should-avoid
  • Election Day: 3–What comes to mind when you hear “Election Day?”  If you’re too young to vote, what can you do to be part of the election process or to study it?  Ask your parents, teachers or librarians for suggestions.
  • Sandwich Day: 3–This day reminds me of Dagwood Bumstead from the comic strip, “Blondie.”  Do you read the comics?  Do your parents buy the local newspaper?  Print or online? Sometimes sandwiches stacked high are called “Dagwood Sandwiches” after Dagwood’s super duper creations. See Dagwood and some of his comics about sandwiches: http://blondie.com/?s=sandwich 
  • Use Your Common Sense Day: 4–What is common sense?  Is it always common?  Why or why not?  Give an example of using common sense.  Try a common sense test:  http://www.playbuzz.com/andreamasters10/how-much-common-sense-do-you-have
  • World Freedom Day: 9–This could make a great writing prompt: What would World Freedom look like.
  • Veterans Day: 11–What ways is this day celebrated in your area?  How will you celebrate? 
  • National American Teddy Bear Day: 14–Have you ever shared your favorite teddy bear with someone.  Why not share it or a favorite teddy bear story with someone today.
  • America Recycles Day: 15–Before you recycle, how could the item be reused?  For example, I shared a way to use plastic jugs as table vases for Halloween/Fall.  See here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/simply-decorating/
  • I Love to Write Day: 15–When was the last time you wrote a poem? Joy Acey, a poet friend of mine recently hurt her hand and had to take off some time from her daily posting of poems.  Why not write a poem and send it to her?  See her blog and enter a poem in the comment section.  I will if you will!  http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2015/10/so-sorry.html
  • Guinness World Record Day: 21–Explore this site.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/
  • National Day of Play: 21–Learn a new game today.  Create one of your own.  Play with someone.  Invite someone to play with you. 
  • World Television Day: 21–Pick a show.  Any show.  Which one would it be?  Why?  Writing Prompt:  What would it be like to grow up today without television?
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day: 24–What do you do well?  What talent are you blessed with?  How are you improving your skills?  What keeps you motivated?  Tell about an talent related experience that is special to you. 
  • Thanksgiving Day: 26–Research dates for Thanksgiving celebrations in other countries.  Do you know the way Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the U.S.?  Research or read a picture book about it.: Thank You, Sarah!  The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Hales Anderson 
  • http://madwomanintheforest.com/youngreaders-thank-you-sarah/
  • Square Dancing Day: 29–Try a little Square Dancing today.  I hope this gets you started:


For other November celebrations, check here:  http://www.brownielocks.com/NOVEMBER-2015.html

For archived activities for November, see here:




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11 Responses to “Enter With Happy Hearts–Awarded for November 2015”

  1. My Great Grandma used to write poetry. I was thirteen when she died, so I have good recollection of her. Family members are still finding poetry written in her handwriting stuck between the pages of books, shoved into envelopes with old letters and other places. She wrote a poem about a new great grandchild that was found years later behind the child’s photo in a frame. The poem I remember the best was about trying to pick up a noodle in the sink, a slippery slimy noodle, just a little noodle in the sink.

    • Deanna,
      What a great collection of memories from a few poems tucked here, there, and everywhere. Your Great Grandmother was an interesting lady–not everyone would be inspired to write about slippery, slimy noodles left in the sink. And now you have been inspired to write about them too! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing. This was a fun comment.

      Keep writing and consider leaving a few hidden treasures about of your own.

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    I love Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead! Dagwood gets himself in lots of predicaments which is quite funny either in the predicament or how he tries to get out of it. I loved to see him make his famous “Dagwood Sandwich: delicious sandwiches stacked on top of each other.

    You are so sweet to ask people to write poems for Joy Acey.

    Enjoy your day being your thoughtful, creative self.

    • Joan,
      I like reading Dagwood and Blondie too. They almost feel like neighbors, after reading their comic strip so long.

      It was my pleasure to ask readers to send get well poems and cheerful messages to Joy Acey so she would feel better soon.

      Thanks for you sweet compliments. Much appreciated! Just like I appreciate you!

  3. One way to support debut novelists is to preorder their books. Publishers take notice of that and love it! As always, amazing list.

  4. Kathleen said

    Congratulations to Joan! I have to say Nov 11th is my favorite day in November. My daughter was born on that day 19 years ago this month! This year is the first time we will not be together to celebrate. However thanks to Skype I can see her that day 🙂

    • Yay, Joan! Thanks for congratulating her! November 11 is a day to celebrate big time at your house. I’m so glad Skype will arrange a way to connect you with your daughter on her birthday. Technology to the rescue! As the famous quote says: “Love conquers all.” Thanks for commenting. Enjoy November’s many special days!

  5. Yay! Congratulations to Joan. She’s always a winner in my eyes. And you too, Linda. Love the door. Doors provide so many clues and they provide awesome writing ideas. Not that I can think of one at the moment. As always you outdo yourself in providing these wonderful November activities and prompts. Bravo, Linda! 🙂

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