June: Celebrations, Links, and Birthdays

June is National Rose Month. Semicolon celebrates roses and June. If you’re fond of roses, you should definitely visit my post for National Rose Month.

Iced Tea

National Iced Tea Month.
Links to iced tea recipes.
History of Iced Tea.

1879 – The oldest sweet tea recipe (ice tea) in print comes from a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, published in 1879:

Ice Tea. – After scalding the teapot, put into it one quart of boiling water and two teaspoonfuls green tea. If wanted for supper, do this at breakfast. At dinner time, strain, without stirring, through a tea strainer into a pitcher. Let it stand till tea time and pour into decanters, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the pitcher. Fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar. A squeeze of lemon will make this delicious and healthful, as it will correct the astringent tendency.


Aquarium Month. Who has an aquarium? Why not post a picture of your aquarium on your blog this month? Leave a comment, and I’ll link back. I would love to have an aquarium full of fish, but I’ve killed all the fish I ever had. Poor fishies!

Dairy Month. I love cheese. I drink hot chocolate (milk) for breakfast every morning. That sounds like enough of a celebration for me. You could read some books with the urchins:
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons
Extra Cheese, Please! Mozzarella’s Journey from Cow to Pizza by Cris Peterson.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.
Favorite fruit: Strawberries.
Favorite vegetable: Potatoes?
Favorite green vegetable: Green beans.

National Tennis Month. Reading suggestions:
Tennis Shoes by Noel Streatfield.
Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery by David Adler.
Tennis Ace by Matt Christopher.

National Rivers Month

The Beginning of Summer.

100 Things To Do When You’re Bored: Summer Edition.

Summer Snacks.

Summer Reading.

Here’s a great June calendar with events and links to educational resouces from At Home With the Kids.

Dawn’s Themes and Plans for June

Rocks in My Dryer: Works for Me The ‘Mom I’m Bored’ Edition.

June 1: National Pen Pal Day

June 2: Authors born on this date are Thomas Hardy (b.1840), Barbara Pym (b.1913), Paul Galdone (b.1914), Norton Juster (b.1929).

June 3: Birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Also born on this date: author/illustrator Anita Lobel, playwright William Home (b.1912), preacher and writer Sydney Smith (b.1771).

June 4: Aesop’s Day
Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, June 4, 1989.

June 5: Birthday of Busytown creator Richard Scarry (b.1919), British children’s author Allan Ahlberg (b.1938), Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (b.1898), novelist Margaret Drabble (b.1939).

June 6: Birthday of picture book authors Verna Aardema, Cynthia Rylant, and Peter Spier.
Also born on this date were American patriot Nathan Hale, The Dalai Lama,

June 7: Drawing Day 2008
Drawing Day is a worldwide drawing event encouraging everyone to drop everything and draw for the sake of art. The internet is an open canvas. Help create 1 million drawings online this day and boost online art communities.

June 10: Birthday of author Maurice Sendak

June 11: Birthday of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau

June 12: Birthday of writer Anne Frank

June 14: World Juggling Day
U.S. Flag Day

June 15: Father’s Day

June 17: Birthday of artist M.C. Escher

June 19: Juneteenth, a celebration of the day Texas slaves learned of their emancipation.

June 20: World Refugee Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2000 to promote awareness of the vast numbers of refugees worldwide.

June 21: Summer Solstice

June 23: Midsummer’s Eve: time for a reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

June 24: Birthday of author Jean Marzollo

June 25: Brithday of picture book author and illustrator Eric Carle

June 27: Birthday of Helen Keller

June 30: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, still one of the best-selling novels of all time, was published on June 30, 1936.

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