Celebrate National Moose Day!

Moose, marvelous moose! Who doesn’t love a moose?

As I wrote WHEN A TREE GROWS, I assumed that there must, of course, be a day of celebration for the moose.

I googled “National Moose Day” and found a few results. Alas, January 15, 2016 seems to be the last time this important holiday was observed!

Clearly, it is time to re-energize this special day for Alces alces If you’d like to join me, here are a few ideas:

Gather your favorite books starring moose characters and have a read-a-thon! Share your favorite books with the #NationalMooseDay hashtag on social media.

Don’t have a moose book on hand? Head to Kohl’s with $5 and get yourself the fabulous Oliver Jeffers’ THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME.  For another $5, add the amazing, cuddly bean-shaped Moose stuffie shown above! Profits from Kohl’s Care merchandise supports happier and healthier communities nationwide, totalling almost $340 million to date.

Convert your brown paper lunch bag into a moose puppet! The link will bring you to simple step directions courtesy of The Romantic Homeschooler.

Still want more? How about pre-ordering WHEN A TREE GROWS before it launches on April 2, 2019? Available via bookstores, online, through Indiebound, or even at Target now for only $12.11!


Not ready to pre-order? Then ask your friendly librarian to order a copy for the public or school library near you. They’ll let you know when the book has arrived and can be checked out.

Even though National Moose Day 2019 will have passed, you can celebrate by sharing a review online at Goodreads or Amazon. This author will be oh-so-grateful. 😉

Three cheers for Moose!


About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Picture book addict and autism advocate, author, scone lover. WHEN A TREE GROWS (2019) @SterlingKids. Repped by Liza Fleissig @lizaroyceagency. Reach me via email at cmealey@post.harvard.edu or Twitter/Instagram @catballoumealey
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25 Responses to Celebrate National Moose Day!

  1. Yay! Can’t wait to see your book! Congratulations! Gotta love moose!!

  2. I adore that lunch bag activity! Jeffers’ book is one of my favorites and I’m sure yours will become one of my favorites, too!

  3. Sue Wang says:

    Three cheers for Moose and the forth for you, Cathy!!! Congratulations on this wonderful book. It looks super fun and action oriented. I am trying to thinking of kids I know 🙂 Yay yay yay!!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      TY Sue! I appreciate your enthusiasm and your social media shares. 🙂 I don’t know too many “littles” in person anymore either, but I hope they will find and love the book once it gets into libraries and schools.

  4. My copy is pre-ordered, I love Oliver Jeffers’ THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME, I also totally love THIS IS A MOOSE by Richard Morris (and that makes me think of MORRIS THE MOOSE which I loved when I was in grade school back in the last millennium) and I am a huge fan of moose even though I have never actually managed to see one in real life despite trips to Maine, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Colorado, Montreal, and other places where other people get to see them! :). Congrats on your upcoming book birthday, Cathy – I can’t wait to get my copy! 🙂

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Oh THANK YOU dear Susanna! Aren’t we moose fans lucky to have so many picture books to choose from? I saw my first wild moose in Maine WAY up by the Canadian border. Majestic! Thank you for your comment. I can’t wait to join your blog on April 2nd in the Tuesday Debut series to talk more about TREE! https://susannahill.com/blog/

  5. Your book looks really cute, Cathy. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Don’t miss WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? as you celebrate! I look forward to seeing your moose book in April!

  7. Ohh I had no idea you had such an exciting year! Congrats on your release… seeing a moose is on my bucket list but there are ZERO where I live so I guess I’ll have to travel! Maybe a certain moosey book will do for now 😉

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Thank you Jennifer! Seeing a wild moose was on my bucket list for a long time, but the wait was worth it. Much like getting a picture book published! Perhaps that is why we identify with them so. I appreciate your blog visit!

  8. tinamcho says:

    Sounds like a perfect excuse to bring back the Moose Day! That’s awesome Kohls is selling the stuffed moose to go along with your book! hehe

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      He he, you are right! I am certain that Kohl’s moose is one of the same herd wandering around in my Moose book’s forest. They’re both so friendly! Thanks for stopping by Tina!

  9. mariagianferrari says:

    Can’t wait to read it, Cathy!!! HUGE Congrats!!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Thank you Maria! Your support and encouragement have been immeasurable as I travel the path to publication. I’m paws-itive that Becca would like you to snuggle up and read TREE to her!

  10. Love your post! I love moose — went all the way to Alaska years ago and didn’t any moose. Am so happy that your book will be released in April. Congratulations! Look forward to reading it.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      What? I’d be SO sad if I went to AK and saw no moose. But I went to Australia and saw no platypus. We did find leeches though! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for TREE!

  11. Lauri Meyers says:

    The cover moose is very handsome! Thank you for reviving National Moose Day. I shall eat moose tracks ice cream! I shall sing De Moose! I will hold my hands up for antlers all day! Well, I guess that makes it hard to eat the ice cream though… so maybe just a few minutes of antlers…

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Oh…Lauri – Moose tracks ice cream! Brilliant! I think you’ve helped me plan part of my launch party. Would you prefer one scoop or two? I’m waggling my hand-antlers in joy. Happy National Moose Day to you!

  12. Three cheers for Moose! Two scoops of Moose tracks! And one very big and very special Book Birthday coming up tomorrow! Happy Book Birthday Eve, Cathy!! I can’t wait to meet Moose!

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