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Seuss is Loose—Read Across America to Celebrate the Good Doctor’s Birthday

Theodor Geisel, better known to most of us as Dr Seuss, had a birthday yesterday. March 2 would have been his 110th natal celebration. Because it was Sunday and on Sundays we do Sunday things, the powers that be decided to celebrate today, Monday, March 3 instead. Today is Read Across America in celebration of Dr Seuss. The National Education Association4686 is in on the act, creating events far and wide to motivate readers to make books a lifetime habit. All week there are reading events with schools, libraries, and community centers for readers young and old. Jump in and find out about what’s going on in your neck of the woods–can you volunteer to read aloud to kids, tutor a student, do a book swap, or more? There is a boatload of resources here, to help support you in pitching in.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

lorax-dr-seuss-quotes-i11Today is the birthday of Dr Seuss!!!!! Holy Cow, I love this man’s work. I don’t know any of us who don’t hold the Lorax, Butter Battles, felines in chapeaus, Sneetches with belly adornment, quads of fish in various colors, egg-hatching pachyderms, tiny Who planets, and all the rest so very close to our hearts. His ability to grab our imaginations with wild words remains un-equaled, and he truly put magic into the experience of reading. Thumbing through the colorful pages between those oversized cardboard covers is an activity repeated in households every single day, and will be for generations to come.

Theodore Seuss Geisel still has such an impact on minds young and old, and in his honor, today is the National Education Association‘s READ ACROSS AMERICA day. All day and evening, in schools and libraries and community centers, events are going on to get young people reading (something more than the brain-killing txtx on thr celz). Those telltale red and white-striped Cat in the Hat hats are everywhere as even celebrities get into the swing of things and read aloud in classrooms and on large stages. More than 45 million people are participating…surely you’re one of them? If not, grab up a book and the attention of a young person nearby, and get cracking. If not at home, volunteer to be a reader in a classroom, today, tomorrow, every week/month/year (as we see education funds being sequestered and bled away, classroom volunteers become ever more important). Readers are needed year-round.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” Dr. Seuss