November is such a lost month. Poor thing. It’s the introspective child with three very loud siblings. September! Back to School! October! Halloween! December! Hanukkah! and Christmas! November. Thanks.

Cynthia Rylant has a lovely book — an ode to a quiet month — called In November (Voyager, $6.99). Illustrated by Jill Kastner, the book pays homage to the tranquil and transitional elements of this month: the air grows cold, people and animals prepare for winter, we gather to celebrate our blessings. In November we pause.

thank you.