We’re a full week into November—or, as it is also called, Movember!
What appeared several years ago as a fad is now a full-blown movement. In Movember (also known as No-Shave November), men resolve to sport a mustache or beard for the entire month of November in order to raise awareness of various men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and poor mental health. There’s even a Movember Foundation, a global charity that works to create positive change for men’s health.
But you don’t have to be able to grow a mustache to participate in Movember. One of the initiatives of the Movember Foundation invites men, women, and children to get out and “MOVE in Movember” in order to combat ever-increasing amounts of physical inactivity. We at blue manatee are also celebrating Movember in our own way: by reading some of our favorite books about mustaches!
If you have young readers who want to show their support during Movember, try any or all of these books, which promise lots of laughs and mustache-filled fun!
Book-O-Beards: A Wearable Book, by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz
This hilarious book is sure to be a hit with young readers, who can “wear” the beards pictured throughout.
Mustache Baby and Mustache Baby Meets His Match, by Bridget Heos and Joy Ang
These two books star Mustache Baby, aka Baby Billy, who was born with a mustache and wears it proudly. Both books are a lot of fun for kids and adults. I mean, come on. It’s a baby with a mustache. How could you not love it?
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
A classic picture book beloved for over 75 years, whose main character sports a serious mustache. His clever efforts to reclaim his wares from a bunch of mischievous monkeys will keep kids entertained again and again.
Moustache Up! A Playful Game of Opposites, by Kimberly Ainsworth and Daniel Roode
This interactive board book is not only full of mustaches, it’s educational, too. Kids can practice opposites–up and down, big and small, etc.–by using the various press-on mustaches throughout the book.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, by Bernard Waber
Another classic featuring a favorite mustachioed character: Hector P. Valenti, Lyle the crocodile’s old performing partner. When a grumpy neighbor has Lyle thrown in the zoo, Mr. Valenti frees him and takes Lyle home to his family in the city. But we all know that his mustache is the real hero of the story.
Mustache! by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell
Picture book veteran Mac Barnett teams up with illustrator Kevin Cornell in this humorous and mustache-filled tale about a king who cares more about his looks than the people he rules. When a mysterious vandal starts painting mustaches on all of the king’s likenesses, the king doesn’t know what to do!
Mo’s Mustache, by Ben Clanton
Little monster Mo just got a mustache. A great mustache. A mustache to be proud of. And he’s the ONLY monster with a mustache–until his friends start copying him. Now how is Mo supposed to stand out? In addition to simply telling an amusing story, this book holds a hidden lesson for kids about individuality.