Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day!

reaghatbigRead Across America Day is held on whichever school day closest to March 2nd each year, because March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This year March 2nd falls on a Wednesday. In 1997 the National Education Association decided to create a holiday to promote reading. The very first Read Across American Day was held in 1998.  Schools and libraries across the country use this day to help encourage children to read, and promote the love of reading and books.

Many schools celebrate with Seussian hats, themed parties, and storytimes. I will celebrate with my children by re-reading some of my favorite books and perhaps watching movies based on those books. What actually happens that night will depend on how crazy my elementary school aged children are after the school activities.

rea1I plan on preparing for the day by reading up in Dr. Seuss. There are a number of great biographies and commentaries on his life and works. I have some nonfiction for adults and some for children listed below for those interested in learning more about an author that has delighted, entertained, or inspired so many over the years.

For Adults:rea4
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel by Judith & Neil Morgan

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: the World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Linear

rea3The Tough Coughs as he Ploughs the Dough: Early Writings and Cartoons by Dr. Seuss edited and with an introduction by Richard Marschall

For Children:
Who was Dr. Seuss? by Janet Pascal

rea10Oh, the Places he Went: a Story about Dr. Seuss–Theodore Seuss Geisel by Maryann N. Weidt

Dr. Seuss by Cheryl Carlson

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew up to Become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull

rea6Dr. Seuss by Charlotte Guillain

Theodor Geisel by Tanya Dean

If you would rather celebrate with something that requires a little less attention, you might want to just sit back and watch some movie adaptations of Seuss’s work. If this is more your speed then relax and enjoy; Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, the cartoon version of Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, or the live action take on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch stole ChristmasDr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham: and Other FavoritesHorton Hears a Who!, or any of our other Dr. Seuss DVD’s. 

Great Seuss Books You Might Not Remember

Sunday March 2nd would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 110th birthday. In honor of the wonderful and well loved Dr. Seuss, who also wrote under the name Theo Le Sieg, I want to mention some of his wonderful books that you might not remember. We all recognize the titles The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish. My daughter is extremely fond of The Lorax, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and so I can recite those on demand. Most of us even have vague recollections of less known stories like Daisy-head Mayzie and that the devoted elephant Horton starred in more than one story. However, how many of these other titles have you read?

My Many Colored Days This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!  A boy is so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of his morning bed, neither peas and beans nor the United States Marines.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! The students of Diffendoofer School celebrate their unusual teachers and curriculum, including Miss Fribble who teaches laughing, Miss Bonkers who teaches frogs to dance, and Mr. Katz who builds robotic rats.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
Presents seven Dr. Seuss stories first published in magazines between 1950 and 1951, with an introduction and commentary on each. The Bippolo Seed, The rabbit, the bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga, Gustav, the Goldfish,Tadd and Todd, Steak for Supper, The Strange Shirt Spot, and The Great Henry McBride.

And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street  A boy imagines a series of incredible sights on his way home from school so that he will have an interesting report to give his father.

And then there is: Hunches in Bunches, Great Day for Up,Wacky WednesdayThe King’s Stilts, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Scrambled Eggs Super! Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, and On Beyond Zebra for children as well as You’re Only Old Once! and  The Seven Lady Godivas for adults.

This list barely touches the surface of a long list of books by Dr. Seuss. Which of his is your favorite?