Celebrate Read Across America 2018

Dr. Seuss is an American treasure.  The author, whose real name is Theodore Giesel, created 60 books-44 that he wrote and illustrated and 16 that he illustrated. From his first book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street (published in 1937) to his last, Oh, The Places You’ll Go (published in 1990), millions of children around the world have not only learned to love the written word, but have learned to read from his simple and silly tales.

I remember my own personal Dr. Seuss book collection and the joy of being able to read them myself.  In first grade, our teacher had us do book reports, and I clearly remember doing mine on Ten Apples Up on Top.  

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By Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert Stirrup [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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When I became a mother, I started my daughter’s Dr. Seuss book collection from a neighbor across the street who was selling her children’s books for ten cents a piece!  I grabbed each and every one of them and my daughter and I spent hours reading them together.  In fact, the first book she read to me was Hop on Pop. Once I knew she was really reading, I had her read Dr. Seuss books to me every night before bed, all snuggled up together.  I loved being read a bedtime story from my girl!

Dr. Seuss created many memorable characters in his stories.  The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Ting 2, Horton, Sam I Am, and The Grinch are among children’s literature’s most recognizable faces. 

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Thing 1 & Thing 2 Leg Warmers from Amazon

Children and adults can wear their favorite Seuss character on tee shirts.  These are perfect anytime, but especially for the upcoming Dr. Seuss Read Across America celebration on March 2nd.

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The Cat in the Hat Costume Accessories from Amazon

In an effort to promote literacy, the National Education Association brainstormed ideas on how to do this.  What they came up with in 1997 was to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved authors, Dr. Seuss.  Think about it.  Is there any child or adult that you know that dislikes his books?

Since 1998, schools across America have not only celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a myriad of ideas and reading challenges, it has turned into an entire week or month devoted to reading. In my area, my high school daughter has read to elementary school students as part of the celebration.  Teens love to read to younger kids, and youngsters look up to teenagers.  It is a win-win situation for all involved.

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Cindy Lou Hoo Costume from Amazon

In my twins’ school, they are paired with buddies in a younger grade.  The two teachers plan activities year round, but a lot of fun takes place during Read Across America.  My kids love the fact that they are now the big buddy, not the younger one.

This is a fun and important day in American schools.