Category: April 10



    Each year on April 10th, National Farm Animals Day focuses attention on the humane care of farm animals. The day also aims to find homes for abandoned and abused farm animals.

    A variety of animals have been domesticated and raised on farms for food. They provide eggs, milk, cheese, meat, wool, leather, and other products. Most farmers raise their livestock responsibly. Providing a quality environment for them to grow benefits the animal and the farmer, too. Farmers invest in their livestock from the time they’re born, providing nutritious food, and ensuring robust and healthy development. They also provide ideal conditions for their breed. Farmers are continually educating themselves about the livestock they raise so they can provide them with the best care possible. 

    However, some people do abuse and neglect their animals. When poor conditions are discovered, and animals are malnourished, it’s essential to report the case to a veterinarian for review. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFarmAnimalsDay

    • Learn more about farm production.
    • Discover how farmers care for farm animals and where our food comes from.
    • Visit a farm and find out about the animals that live there. What kinds of food do they eat? Where do they sleep?
    • Learn the difference between raising farm animals, abuse, and neglect.
    • Families, download and print this Farm Animal coloring sheet. Enjoy!
    • Use #NationalFarmAnimalsDay to post on social media.


    Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian, and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, created Farm Animals Day in 2005. 

    Farm Animals FAQ

    Q. What is a good way to expose children to farm animals?
    A. Most of us grow up in the city or suburbs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn more about the animals who live on a farm. Some great ways to expose children to farm animals include:

    • Many zoos include a farm display that includes animals like sheep, goats, pigs, cows, chickens, and ducks.
    • Visit a petting zoo. These smaller zoos are home to domesticated animals found on a farm. They often serve as a rescue service, too.
    • Visit a hobby farm. Many hobby farms host times for school-age children to visit their animals in residence. They learn what they eat, where they sleep, and how the farmers care for them.
    • Tour a working farm. Many farmers offer opportunities for school-age children to visit and learn more about farming.
    • Attend a fair. Each year, counties and states host events like 4-H Fairs for farmers and farmer children to showcase their hard work.

    Q. What kinds of animals are found on farms?
    A. Every farm is different and raises different breeds of animals. Some of the animals found on a farm include:

    • Chickens
    • Sheep
    • Goats
    • Cattle
    • Horses
    • Emus
    • Buffalo
    • Pigs
    • Alpacas
    • Turkeys
    • Fish
    • Ducks
    • Geese
    April 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    Walter Hunt of New York City receives the first U.S. patent for a safety pin. While safety pins existed before patent no. 6,281 was issued, it is the first patent issued for a safety pin.


    Henry Bergh founds the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City.


    Journalist and newspaper editor J. Sterling Morton establishes the first Arbor Day in Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the country.


    Charles Scribner’s Sons publishes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

    April 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthday

    Joseph Pulitzer – 1847

    The newspaper publisher purchased the New York World in 1883 and decade later became embroiled in a heated journalistic war with William Randolph Hearst. In 1918, following Joseph Pulitzer’s death, Columbia University established the Pulitzer Prize according to his will.

    Clare Newberry – 1903

    The American author and illustrator is best known for her children’s books. During her career, she earned four Caldecott Medals

    Dolores Huerta – 1930

    In 1962, labor leader co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez.

    John Madden – 1936

    An injury early in his NFL career didn’t keep John Madden from realizing his dreams in the professional world of football. Madden would persevere and be named as head coach for the Oakland Raiders, demanding respect and chalking up wins. After coaching, he continued his love of the sport through broadcasting.



    It’s time to fill the home with warmth on National Cinnamon Crescent Day! Each year, this pastry holiday causes mouth-watering excitement on April 10th.  

    The crescent-shaped dough is filled with sugar, cinnamon, and butter then rolled, shaped, and baked to a golden brown deliciousness. You can add icing for an extra sweet touch. While they are amazing served piping hot from the oven, these rolls also taste delicious once they’ve cooled down. Don’t hesitate to make extra, because they will not last long. 

    A crescent roll is similar to a croissant. The outside features a light flaky crust that reveals a warm, buttery inside. The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough. Laminating the dough is a process by which butter is folded into the mixture creating multiple thin layers of butter and dough.

    While you enjoy eating your crescent roll, remember that cinnamon is a good source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CinnamonCrescentDay

    • Make up a batch of cinnamon crescent rolls for breakfast or a snack.
    • Invite someone to enjoy this delicious treat.
    • Mix up a batch of these Cinnamon Crescent Rolls.
    • Order cinnamon crescent rolls from a bakery
    • Use #CinnamonCrescentDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this pastry food holiday. 

    Cinnamon Crescent FAQ

    Q. Can I freeze cinnamon crescents?
    A. Yes. Cinnamon crescents can be frozen but they are best fresh out of the oven.

    Q. How many calories are in a cinnamon crescent?
    A. Recipes vary, but one small cinnamon crescent contains approximately 100 calories.




    National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) on April 10th each year honors our brothers and sisters. 

    Siblings. They are our best friends or our worst enemies. At times, siblings will provide us with our biggest competition, strongest encouragement and remind us of our most embarrassing moments.

    Fictional characters describe those siblings best who are both rivals and yet best friends. From The Brady Bunch and the Cosby family to The Simpsons and the Piersons, television siblings tell our stories in humorous and dramatic form. 

    When is National Sisters Day?

    However, real-life royal siblings Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret had a different set of rules to follow making their relationship quite different from anything we would call normal. Being a queen will do that. Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons, Princes William and Harry and William’s children, too have royal sibling relationships that engage the world. 

    Playing fictional characters who are siblings and being siblings in front of a television audience must have created a different lifestyle for Mary Kate and Ashley Olson. Their older sister is Elizabeth. Another pair of sibling actors is Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty. And don’t forget the exuberant Tia and Tamera Mowry. 

    When is Brother’s Day?

    There have been plenty of presidents with siblings as well. George W. Bush has five siblings and William Jefferson Clinton has three.

    How many siblings do you have? Are you rivals or do you support each other in all you do?

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSiblingsDay

    • Celebrate your siblings and the times you’ve had together.
    • Laugh at the awkward and ill-spent time in your youth.
    • Catch up with your sibling(s). Enjoy looking at photos and videos of time spent with your sibling(s).
    • Play a song or two from the 35 Best Sister Songs list.
    • Share photos of you and your siblings.
    • Use #NationalSiblingsDay to post on social media.


    In 1995, native New Yorker, Claudia Evart, founded National Siblings Day to honor and celebrate siblings.  After losing her two siblings early in life in separate accidents, she knew how important siblings could be in our lives.

    Claudia created the Siblings Day Foundation (SDF), a tax-exempt organization, whose goals included the establishment of the national holiday. Claudia selected April 10th in honor of her late sister, Lisette’s birthday. 

    Siblings FAQ

    Q. Is there a day celebrating only children?
    A. Yes. National Only Child Day is on April 12.

    Q. Are there days celebrating brothers and sisters?
    A. Yes. National Sisters Day is in August and Brothers Day is in May.




    Observed each year on April 10th is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. Do you know a young person who has a vivid imagination, maybe someone who likes to tell stories and reads a lot of books?  These may be the signs of a great young writer.

    National Encourage a Young Writer Day would be a good time to talk to them about their ideas and dreams. Encourage them to pursue their goals and develop their writing skills.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EncourageAYoungWriterDay

    • Give a journal. A journal provides a place for daily writing. From short poems to inspired essays, this is a place young writers can feel free to stretch their wings unjudged.
    • Offer writing prompts. These random bits of inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources but often generate unexpected results. Prompts are available all over the web and in books and apps.
    • Encourage them to read. The more they read, their experience with writing and writers will expand.
    • Have young writers try multiple writing styles and different voices. Changing perspective will keep their writing fresh, allowing them an opportunity to find their personal style.
    • Create a young writers group. It’s a good way to see their story from the reader’s point of view and to receive feedback from peers.
    • Give a young writer some encouragement and use #EncourageAYoungWriterDay to post on social media.
    • Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom to see a lesson to Encourage A Young Writer, too!


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this writing prompt day. 

    Writer FAQ

    Q. What benefits does writing offer young writers?
    A. Writing is a skill that transcends environments. It’s a skill that is appreciated in work, school, home, and social settings. Though video technology continues to expand, there is still a growing need for skilled writers in many facets of life. These skills can bolster creativity and confidence, too.

    Q. What are ways to involve a young writer?
    A. Young writers can write for a variety of projects:

    • Fiction or non-fiction stories
    • News articles
    • Poetry
    • Journaling
    • Technical writing
    • Blog posts