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Read Across America: Celebrate Reading with Dr. Seuss Classics

February 28, 2011 ~

On March 2, 1904, a person who forever changed the world of children’s literature was born. His name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, but most of us know him as Dr. Seuss. His brilliantly creative illustrations and wonderfully inventive narratives inspired generations and continue to captivate children and adults around the world. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ contributions to children’s literature, the National Education Association founded Read Across America Day, to be celebrated on his birthday, March 2. We encourage your family to join the festivities locally or plan your own Read Across America Day events at home.
Following are ideas and tips to join hundreds and thousands of families in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day:
Choose a Classic Sit down together as a family and choose a favorite Dr. Seuss book. If your children aren’t familiar with his work, let them pick a title they think will be enjoyable. If your collection is missing a book or two, visit your library to borrow a copy so that everyone can read their most beloved Dr. Seuss story. You might see a shortage of books at your local library around this time, so keep in mind that many libraries will be having events to honor Read Across America Day. March 2 falls on a Wednesday this year, so your child can also bring his or her book to school to share with fellow classmates.
Read Dr. Seuss Together Dr. Seuss’ books are best enjoyed by reading them aloud with family and friends, so try changing an after-school routine for one day and gather together for a group reading with the entire family. Don’t be shy about inviting other friends to the table too! Few authors have been able to draw readers in with the creativity and rhythm Dr. Seuss possessed, and whether you have a teenager examining the literature from an older perspective or a younger child who can be transported to imaginary places, the together time over a good Dr. Seuss read will be unforgettable. Find Out What’s Happening Locally Though Read Across America Day is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is unlikely that he would want this day to be just about his own work. The National Education Association hopes to inspire reading throughout the entire year. Your local library will have information about how you and your family can support this special day and make it a part of years to come.
At the end of the day, if your family really wants to get “Seussified,” there are plenty of old and new movies of Dr. Seuss books.  “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” have both been made into modern films, but there are also shorter animated films that can be watched. has a list of feature-length films and shorts you can choose from.
Dr. Seuss’ dream was to educate and entertain children. This March 2, invite reading into your home and start a tradition of participating in Read Across America Day while honoring this very special man and his work. It’s possible – children can learn while being entertained and inspired.