Sept. 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

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Sept. 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephant EarsI just learned that Sept. 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day!

I love elephants. I love their big ears and long trunks and intimidating tusks. And I love how there are tons of books with important elephant characters!

My Friend is SadOf course, no list of elephant books is complete without mentioning Gerald from Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books.

Gerald is a loyal friend (even when he doesn't want to share his ice cream), and sure to be a hit with young readers.

Start with My Friend is Sad.

One and Only ivanIvan, the protagonist of Katherine Appglegate's recent Newberry Winner, The One and Only Ivan, is a gorilla, not an elephant. But a close friendship with two captured elephants inspires him to change the lives of the animals living with him in a mall circus.

The Story of BabarAnd I couldn't forget about Babar!

Jean de Brunhoff first created this silly elephant in 1931, and his son Laurent continued the series. Now there are over 20 books featuring Babar.

The first one, The Story of Babar, is still available at the library today.

Even novels for adults can heavily feature the majestic elephant. Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants is probably the most popular one, especially given the movie adaptation.

If none of these books appeal to you, you could go celebrate by visiting Ambika, Shanthi, Bozie, and Kandula, the Asian elephants at the National Zoo!
-Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian
(Elephant image via brittanyhock / Flickr.)