Events in the month of April for writers and readers
D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Month
National Poetry Month
School Library Month
- 1 – Reading is Funny Day
- 2 – International Children’s Book Day
- 2 – National Children’s Picture Book Day
- 2 – Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday
- 3-9 – National Library Week
- 4 – National School Librarian Day
- 4 – Maya Angelou’s birthday
- 5 – National Library Worker’s Day
- 6 – National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day)
- 7 – Take Action for Libraries Day
- 9 – National Unicorn Day
- 12 – Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day
- 12 – Beverly Cleary’s birthday
- 13 – Scrabble Day
- 14 – Celebrate Teen Literature Day
- 15 – Rubber Eraser Day
- 15 – World Art Day
- 16 – National Librarian Day
- 17 – International Haiku Poetry Day
- 18 – Newspaper Columnists Day
- 23 – William Shakespeare’s birthday
- 23 – World Book and Copyright Day
- 23 – World Book Night
- 24 – U.S. Congress approved the Library of Congress
- 27 – National Tell A Story Day
- 28 – Harper Lee’s birthday
- 28 – Great Poetry Reading Day
- 30 – Independent Bookstore Day
A Danish historian may have discovered the first fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. This past October Esben Brage found the ink-written manuscript at the bottom of a box in the historical archive on the island of Funen, where the Danish author was born. Now, authorities have confirmed that Andersen wrote the 6-page story entitled “Tællelyset” (The Tallow Candle). They’ve dated it to the 1820s, when the author was in his teens.
“I am in no doubt that it has been written by Andersen,” Ejnar Stig Askgaard of the Odense City Museum told the Danish daily Politiken. The paper has published an English-language translation of the story.
The story is about a neglected and dirty tallow candle which finds happiness when a tinder box sees its true beauty and lights its wick.
The front page of the manuscript reads “To Madam Bunkeflod, from her devoted, H.C. Andersen.” A vicar’s widow, Mme Bunkeflod lived opposite Andersen’s childhood home. Historians know that the writer visited her often as a child, borrowing her books.
“The fairy tale was a present. A present of thanks to a woman whose home had been very important to him,” Askgaard said.
Experts believe the manuscript is a copy of the original. Andersen’s first fairy tales were published in 1835. He wrote some 160 stories, including classics like “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Little Match Girl,” that have been translated into more than 100 languages.