Celebrate Heritage and Awareness in April 

By FPL_Sunita

What is the meaning of Heritage and Awareness Month? 

Heritage months are a time to celebrate a specific culture or community and encourage people to learn about others and their rich history and contributions to society. 

Awareness months are a way to educate people about social issues or injustices, diseases or disorders, and history.  

Sharing these powerful stories not only enables us to understand those around us, but it also brings communities together. Let's explore some of the April Awareness and Heritage Months in 2024. 

Scottish American Month

Scottish American Heritage Month in April focuses on Scottish culture and honors Scottish Americans who have made significant contributions to U.S. society. The influence of Scottish ancestry is deeply woven into the fabric of America. Many of the founding fathers of our country were Scottish ancestors. The people of Scotland continue to enrich our American culture today. Nearly 30 million U.S. citizens have Scottish or Scottish Irish heritage. 

Check out these books and learn about some famous Scottish Americans.

Lucille Ball Had No Eyebrows?, opens a new window

Buzz Aldrin, opens a new window

Marilyn Monroe, opens a new window

Alexander Graham Bell, opens a new window

Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening, opens a new window

National Arab American Month

April is National Arab American Heritage Month. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the 22 Arab nations in the world, located from Northern Africa through Western Asia. Over 1.7 billion Americans trace their ancestry to one or more of the countries that make up the Arab world. It is a time to celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  

Explore these book recommendations to celebrate and discuss the traditions and cultures of Arab people.

The Cat Man of Aleppo, opens a new window

Cool Middle Eastern Cooking, opens a new window 

The Day Saida Arrived, opens a new window

Arab Arab All Year Long!, opens a new window

Salma the Syrian Chef, opens a new window 

The Turtle of Oman, opens a new window

Autism Awareness Month

April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month to raise awareness about autism. Autism is a broad term that encompasses conditions that are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects one out of every 60 children in the U.S.  

Check out books and learn more about autism and celebrate differences, promote acceptance, inclusion, and self-determination for all when you read these stories. 

This Beach Is Loud!

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me, opens a new window 

A Friend for Henry, opens a new window

All My Stripes, opens a new window

My Brain Is Magic, opens a new window

Understanding Autism, opens a new window

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures