Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In celebration of his birthday, the National Education Association, along with libraries, schools, and bookstores across the country, recognize the date as Read Across America.
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During my bookstore days, we usually received an exciting goody box, full of activities and souvenirs for the store's Read Across America event. (In my little store, we held it during a regularly-scheduled Saturday storytime, close to the date.) I was always excited to see what theme Random House and company went for that year. There would be [Cat in the] Hat erasers, pencils, little reading logs for kids to record the books they read, printable activity sheets, recipes.
Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book? When I was little, my parents subscribed to the Early Moments Book Club, and I still own several of my book club editions of his books. I can quote most of Dr. Seuss's ABC by heart. I cherish my daddy's copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, another favorite. The Lorax is special to me, because when I was in high school, I would read it over and over again to my little brother, who is 10 1/2 years my junior. I ran through all the Seuss books in the Chisholm Trail Elementary School library, loving the Horton the Elephant books and Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose the best. Big Sis went through a Wacky Wednesday phase. Little Sis went through her Green Eggs and Ham and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? phases.
As an adult, I still adore all of my childhood favorites, as well as those of my brother and daughters, but I have new favorites. I love his longer, stranger prose books, like The King's Stilts and the two Bartholomew Cubbins titles.
I thought I'd share some fun links with you today, as well as some rarer adaptations I found on YouTube. (I love me some YouTube.)
- Here is the NEA's official Read Across America page.
- Check out Seussville.com for lots of Seussian resources. There are Read Across America pages for Educators and Parents. I am in love with The Lorax Project minisite, a great one to revisit this April for Earth Day.
- Follow "Dr. Seuss" on Facebook.
- Here is the website for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, MA.
- This website is devoted the Art of Dr. Seuss.
And now for the videos. I adore the animated classics they show on television (Chuck Jones rules!), and the Bob Clampett-directed Merrie Melodies Horton Hatches the Egg, but here are three rarer shorts, for your enjoyment.
The first two were directed by George Pal, featuring his Puppetoons.
No matter what, I hope you share a book with a kiddo in your life today and every day!