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February 21, 2018

Celebrating National Read Across America Day

National Read Across America day is Thursday, March 2, and it celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his contributions to the world of children’s literacy.

So, in honor of Dr. Seuss, we say…

“Books galore

To celebrate me?

Just the thought

Fills me with glee!

What a gift to read!

Start planting the seeds!

Just one good book

We’ll get ‘em hooked!

Good books about cats

Like The Cat in the Hat!

Great books that dish

Like the one about fish!

So much to do

Horton Hears a Who!

So much to know

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

You won’t want to stop

Hop on Pop!

If I Ran the Zoo

It’s all really true!

Honor Dr. Seuss and take a look!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss—read a goodbook!”

-Written by blog’s author, Learners Edge’s very own Susanne Leslie.

We celebrate you, Theodor Seuss Geisel, with these Read Across America Day activities and resources!

Dr. Seuss left his mark on the world of literacy,and we believe he would be thrilled America honors his March 2nd birthday by celebrating National Read Across America Day!To help celebrate National Read Across America Day, we compiled a list of our favorite resources to help honor Dr. Suess and celebratethis literacy holiday.

  • Curious how Read Across America got started? Find out more about National Read Across America Day at NEA.org.
  • Learn more about Dr. Suess’ creative genius—his life before he became “Dr. Seuss”—his education, his love life, and his first “lucky break” by watching this short bio. After watching the short bio on Dr. Seuss, take this fun quiz to see how well you know the master-of-rhyme!
  • Did you know there is a “place” called “Seussville”? Seussville is full of resources for educators and parents—and it’s fun for the kids, too!
    • Information for educators from Seussville!
    • Information for parents from Seussville!
  • Coming in June2017 to Springfield, Massachusetts is the Dr. Seuss museum. Travel to Springfield to see and learn about Dr. Seuss in person!
  • Did you know there is a Broadway musical based on the books by Dr. Seuss? It is cleverly called “Seussical the Musical” and debuted on Broadway in 2000. Although it sounds like a musical for children, the show is a combination of Dr. Seuss’ books and has a complicated storyline. Reviewers describe it as entertaining, colorful, and fun—and, it even may be playing at a theater near you!

But enough about our favorite resources, we would like to know more about you and your thoughts!

  • Will you celebrate National Read Across America Day on March 2nd, and if so, how will you celebrate?
  • Tell us how you use Dr. Seuss’ books in your classroom and with your students!
  • Who are some of your favorite children’s authors, and why?
  • What are some of the books your students are currently reading?
  • Do you recall reading any of Dr. Seuss’ books when you were growing up, and if so, which one was your favorite, and why?
  • Besides National Read Across America Day, are there any other literacy celebrations you celebrate with your students?
  • If you wrote a children’s book, what type of book would you write?
  • If you could tell Dr. Seuss something about the books he wrote and the legacy he left behind, what would you say?

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”-From the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” (a popular graduation gift!) by Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Day
Image credit: Illustration by Dr. Seuss from the book Oh the Places You’ll Go

Looking for other ways to get students exciting about literacy? Learners Edge offers over a dozen Literacy courses designed to help you foster your students love and passion for reading and writing.

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