May 16th Special Days - Featuring 21+ Tree Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Children Hugging a Tree, by Petra/Pezibear on Pixabay

May 16th is... National Love a Tree Day, First Envelope Made (1845), First U.S. Nickel Minted (1866), First Woman to Climb Mount Everest (1975), National Sea Monkey Day, Biographer's Day, National Coquilles St. Jacques Day, National Mimosa Day, National Piercing Day, National Wear Purple for Peace Day, Honor Our LGBT Elders Day, National Barbecue Day, International Day of Light, Drawing Day, International Celiac Awareness Day, HAE Day/Hereditary AngioEdema Awareness Day, Mass Graves Day (Iraq), St. Brendan's Voyage Day, St Honore's Day/St. Honoratus' Day

MORE: Brown Bag It Thursday, National Hummus Day, National ApΓ©ritif Day, National Notebook Day, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, National Caesar Day

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

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Image: The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition | Hardcover: 176 pages | by Peter Wohlleben (Author), Jane Billinghurst (Translator). Publisher: Greystone Books (August 28, 2018)National Love a Tree Day
-- On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift they are to us. So get out there and wrap your arms around your favorite tree, then give it a drink. Watering a tree means soaking the root system. It takes time and patience, but the result of a regular root soaking will make a world of difference to a tree's long-term health.

Read: The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition
-- With compelling selections and stunning, large-format photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Peter Wohlleben's message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through rich language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the wood wide web, the difficult life lessons learned in tree school, the hard-working natural cleanup crews who recycle dying trees, and much more. Beautiful images provide the perfect complement to Wohlleben's words, with striking close-ups of bark and seeds, panoramas of vast expanses of green, and a unique look at what is believed to be the oldest tree on the planet.

Image: Japanese Red Maple Tree - Live Plant Shipped 1 Foot Tall by DAS FarmsJapanese Red Maple Tree -- One of the most sought after specimen trees in today's landscape is the Japanese Maple. Its beautiful summer colors and ornamental structure are what give its renowned popularity throughout the world. There are many different cultivars of Japanese Maples but the most common and by far the easiest to grow is the Red Japanese Maple grown from seed. These hardy trees grow much faster than their semi-dwarf and dwarf relatives, adding a centerpiece specimen to your landscape immediately. Ideally provide ample shade for the first summer.

Image: The Giving Tree with CD | Hardcover: 64 pages | by Shel Silverstein (Author, Illustrator). Publisher: HarperCollins; Anniversary Edition edition (March 2004)The Giving Tree - 40th Anniversary Edition
- Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Trees Coloring and Activity Books

Image: Who Will Plant a Tree? | Kindle Edition | by Jerry Pallotta (Author), Tom Leonard (Illustrator). Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (October 22, 2010)
Who Will Plant a Tree?
Amazon Freebies:

🌳 Read Tree ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

🌳 Free Trees apps

🌳 Free Trees games

🌳 Listen to Tree LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

🌳 Watch Tree Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

🌳 Listen to Tree Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

🌳 Free Alexa Skills | Tree

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:

🌳 Trees Theme - Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Printables, Worksheets

🌳 Trees Colouring Pages

🌳 Autumn Tree Craft

🌳 Arbor Day Crafts |

🌳 7 Free Family Tree Printables - Burlap and Blue

🌳 Tree Templates | Tree Printables – Tim's Printables

🌳 Free Tree Printables and Worksheets

🌳 Free Printables: Children's Wish Tree Planting Certificates

🌳 Free Fall Printables - Taryn Whiteaker

🌳 Parts of a Tree Picture Word Cards

🌳 Free Printable Tree Coloring Pages

🌳 Tree Digital Games and Resources

🌳 shamrock tree printable - PTO Today

🌳 Printable Bookmarks – Squirrels racing up a tree

Image: Love in an Envelope: A Courtship in the American West | Paperback: 244 pages | by Daniel Tyler (Editor), Betty Henshaw (Editor). Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; First edition (July 31, 2009)First Envelope Made (1845)
-- Prior to 1845, hand-made envelopes were the only envelopes available for use, both commercial and domestic. On May 16, 1845, Edwin Hill and Warren De La Rue were granted a British patent for the first envelope-making machine. The envelopes produced by the Hill/De La Rue machine were not as we know them today. They were a flat diamond, lozenge (or rhombus)-shaped sheets or blanks precut to shape before being fed into the machine for creasing and made ready for folding to form a rectangular enclosure. The edges of the overlapping flaps were treated with a paste or adhesive, and the method of sealing the envelope or wrapper was a user choice.

Read: Love in an Envelope: A Courtship in the American West
-- When Leroy Carpenter left his home near Tipton, Iowa, in April 1871 to pursue farming in the recently settled Union Colony of Greeley, Colorado, he left behind Martha Bennett, a young lady from De Witt, Iowa. The two had been introduced the previous fall and began writing letters to each other in December of 1870. Over the next sixteen months, their correspondence would blend romantic elements with the practical challenges of frontier life as the two developed intimacy, fell in love, and eventually married.

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Free Printable Envelopes
Envelope Crafts
Envelope Book Craft
Envelope Accordion Book
Envelope Templates (free) | Greetings Island

Image: U.S. Coins Close Up: Tips to Identifying Valuable Types and Varieties | Paperback: 256 pages | by Robert R. Van Ryzin (Author). Publisher: Krause Publications (April 29, 2012)First U.S. Nickel Minted (1866)
-- The first US nickel coins were actually... pennies! They began circulating in 1857. But as our first nickel coin, the public immediately called this piece a nickel -- and so it was, until 1865, when the next nickel coin, worth three cents, appeared. And when did the five cent nickel appear? 1866.

Read: U.S. Coins Close Up: Tips to Identifying Valuable Types and Varieties
-- Is that coin in your hand the real deal or a clever fake? Discover the difference with U.S. Coins Close Up, a one-of-a-kind visual guide to every U.S. coin type. This handy reference features large and clear images detailing inscriptions, mint marks, and initials, as well as thorough descriptions and fascinating coin history. No matter your level of expertise, this invaluable resource will leave you more knowledgeable and better prepared to spot that carefully altered coin and save you from making an expensive mistake.

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Math and Money Worksheets | Counting Pennies and Nickels
Teaching Money Counting Skills
Nickel Coloring Page - Twisty Noodle
Money Printables
Coin Crafts and Activities

Image: Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei | Hardcover: 376 pages | by Junko Tabei (Author). Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (December 7, 2017)First Woman to Climb Mount Everest (1975)
-- Only a few days into the journey in early May, Junko Tabei was buried beneath an avalanche while camping at approximately 6,300 meters. But, with the persistence characteristic of a true mountain climber, Tabei reached the summit of Everest twelve days later. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.

Read: Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei
-- A compelling collection of highlights from Junko Tabei's stirring life that she considered important, inspiring and interesting to mountaineering culture. Until now, her works have been available only in Japanese, and RMB is honored to be sharing these profound and moving stories with the English-speaking world for the first time. The collection opens on Mount Everest, where the first all-women's expedition is met with disaster but pushes on against all odds. The story then shifts to the early years of Tabei's life and reflects on her countryside childhood as a frail girl with no talent for sport, and cultural expectations that ignored her passion for mountains.

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Mount Everest Coloring Page
Make Your Own Mount Everest Word Scramble
Free Colouring Book: Snow Leopard, the Yeti and the Girl who climbed Mount Everest

Image: he Ultimate Guide to Sea-Monkeys | Paperback: 175 pages | by Susan Barclay (Author). Publisher: Street Saint Pubns (February 20, 2002)National Sea Monkey Day
-- Celebrating an amazing pet which comes alive when placed in water. Children and adults are fascinated by these creatures, almost instantly born when placed in water. Celebrate this day by spending some time with your Sea Monkeys. Watch them swim and play. Give them an extra treat. If you do not have sea monkeys, today is the day to go out and buy a kit.

Read: The Ultimate Guide to Sea-Monkeys
-- Since 1960, children of all ages have been fascinated by comic book ads featuring the alluring and mysterious beings known as Sea-Monkeys. Now the Sea-Monkey Lady tells everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Susan Barclay, a.k.a. the Sea-Monkey Lady. has dedicated her life and her web site to dispersing knowledge about Sea-Monkeys. Since 1992, the Sea-Monkey Lady has been entertaining visitors to the award-winning web site as she educated them about these popular Instant Pets.

Buy: Sea Monkey Original Instant Life
-- This basic starter kit introduces you to the wet, wonderful, amazing Sea Monkey world! Comes with Water Purifier, Instant Live Eggs, Growth Food, magnifier, feeding spoon, and instruction sheet.

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
The Dark Past of Sea Monkeys
Sea Monkey Quiz
Sea-Monkey Coloring Page
Sea Monkey Downloads

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