Sunday, December 17

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

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March 2nd is Dr.  Seuss’ birthday.  Although his real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, many kids do not know of Dr.  Seuss’ real name. The birthday of Dr. Seuss is a great time to celebrate his contribution to the literary world.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.

For the latter part of his life, Geisel lived in San Diego, Ca. He and his wife made many contributions to the UCSD library. As a result, when he died the library was renamed after him. Having gone to UCSD, I often went to the Geisel library. Due to its inverted nature and tremendous height, I fondly called it the spaceship. Every year on March 2nd, we had a Dr. Seuss celebration in front of the library (complete with cake). 

Another reason, March 2nd is important is that it marks Read Across America Day. On this day, schools may set aside time to read, especially Dr. Seuss stories. At one school I worked at, students were allowed to wear their pajamas on Read Across America day. They rotated classes and in each classroom the teacher read their favorite Dr. Seuss story. At another school I worked at, we had “famous” members of the community come in like Assemblymen and authors. In addition, we asked parents to come in, tell the kids a little bit about themselves and then read a favorite book. Even better was the window-decorating contest. Each class who entered had to decorate their window with a reading or Dr. Seuss theme. I had my students write letters to Dr. Seuss telling him why reading is important. 

So, how will you celebrate Dr.  Seuss’ birthday? If you are reading Dr. Seuss books with your class and children, you are helping commemorate his birthday and encourage literacy across the country.  Some great titles to read include Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket and Horton Hears a Who.

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