Not many people realize it but November is a magical time for book lovers, particularly book lovers with a fondness for classic children’s books. It tends to get overlooked because of the holiday bustle and rush but this past week is chock full of literary birthdays, including some of my all-time favorite authors. Today we celebrate the births of Lucy Maud Montgomery, (author of the Anne of Green Gables books) and Mark Twain, (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and much more). Yesterday I wished a very happy birthday to C. S. Lewis (the Narnia books), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), and Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) and Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) celebrated her birthday on Thanksgiving.
There’s a chapter in Anne of Avonlea when Anne’s friends gather to celebrate her birthday with her. There’s only one problem. It’s not her birthday.
“I was just on my way over to invite you to help me celebrate my birthday on Saturday,” said Anne.
“Your birthday? But your birthday was in March!”
“That wasn’t my fault,” laughed Anne. “If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring.
I almost wish I could do the same thing with all these wonderful birthdays – just move them to another time of year where they can get the attention they so richly deserve! Many of these authors wrote some of my favorite books and created characters that became life-long friends and it seems a shame that their birthdays should get drowned simply because they fall on or around Thanksgiving. But since that seems a little silly, I am simply going to mark the occasion with a cup of tea, a slice of cake, and by reading one or two of my favorite passages. It’s a busy time of year for me, with lots of orders to make up and ship out, but this is one of the joys of re-reading stories that I know so well. I can open to almost any part of the book, read a page or two and then get back to the rest of my day without wondering what will happen next. It’s like a quick little visit to an old friend who is always glad to see you!
Thanks for visiting, book lovers! Until next time, happy reading!!