Monthly Archives: November 2014


The above photo was taken in Scotland around 1922 or 1923. It is of my paternal grandmother and eight of her eleven children. One of those children is my father, who, if he were still alive, would have been one hundred years old today. Which one, we’re not sure, because the photo did not come […]


Since 1917, England’s reigning monarch has been sending congratulatory messages to subjects who attain the age of 100, 105, and beyond, or celebrate their 60th, 65th, and 75th and beyond wedding anniversaries. And there have been some impressive ‘beyonds’, with the oldest recipient of a royal birthday greeting being a Canadian man of 116, and […]


India celebrates Bal Divas / Bal Diwas (Children’s Day) to increase awareness that children are every nation’s future. It is held on the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born in Allahabad on November 14th, 1889, and was always deeply concerned with the education and development of children. On Bal […]


What does a kid have to do to go down in history? Well, all five-year-old Warren “Whitey” Bernard had to do was run down a street. On October 1st, 1940, photographer Claude P. Dettloff was standing on a corner in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada trying to get a good shot of the B.C. Regiment […]


“In Flanders Fields” is one poem many people know by heart. Penned by a Canadian doctor and poet serving in Europe in WW I, it first appeared in the December 1915 edition of Punch magazine. It was written to commemorate the death of a friend, but Lt. Col. John MacCrae did not survive the Great […]


Question: How long have the Muppet characters Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch been living on Sesame Street? Answer: Forty-Five years. Sesame Street premiered on November 9th, 1969. By the mid- ’70s, Cookie Monster was a big favourite at our house. Three decades later, the toddler in the first picture tried to convince […]


November’s historic viewing suggestions: A Bear Named Winnie (2004) (WW I) Abe Lincoln In Illinois (1940) (Pre-Civil War America) Captains Courageous (1937) & (1977) (19th Century) Gulliver’s Travels (1996) (17th Century) Shane (1953) (Old West) Tom & Huck (1995) (Pre-Civil War America)


Here are some November book suggestions with November connections, such as historic happenings, or November-born authors. Ages 3-7 Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet (Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) A Child’s Garden Of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson Winnie The Bear by M.A. Appleby (WW I) Ages 7-9 A Bear In War by Stephanie Innes & […]


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Here are some November celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. All Saints’ Day (November 1st, Traditional Christian Communities worldwide) Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) (November 1st & 2nd, Mexico) Ashura (November 3rd, Muslim Communities worldwide) Guy Fawkes Day (November 5th, UK & Commonwealth) Remembrance Day (November 11th, Europe, UK […]

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