Through iconic stories like “The Cat and the Hat,” “The Lorax,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – influenced countless generations with forty-six books for children. In honor of Dr. Seuss, March 2nd is declared Dr. Seuss Day, a full twenty-four hours to hear a Who with Horton, listen to Sam I Am’s friend complain about green eggs and ham and learn about how to save the planet through the Lorax’s wisdom. His many bizarre, nonsensical tales are still cherished by young and old today. Just check out any book section of a major chain and you’ll find an assortment of stories for newborns to school-age kids.
Inspiration for All Ages
One of my favorite things about reading Dr. Seuss stories are the hidden gems found within each book. When I say “hidden gems,” I’m talking about the little phrases and quotes that remind us of the importance of being kind and believing in ourselves. I have quite a number of the following quotes written down in random places! If you are looking for cute posters (say, for your classroom or birthday party) definitely check out Etsy! Take a look at a few of my favorites and see if you recognize any of them.
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” (Dr. Seuss)
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” (Dr. Seuss)
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” (Horton Hears a Who!, 1954)
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom, we, too, should have rights.” (Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1955)
“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!” (I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, 1978)
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” (The Lorax, 1971)
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” (Happy Birthday to You!, 1959)
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” (Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, 1975)
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so . . . get on your way!” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go, 1990)
Read Across America
Twenty years go, the National Education Association decided to start an annual reading celebration to motivate kids to read. The program, Read Across America, calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s birthday! According to the NEA,
“Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”
Here are several ways you and your kiddos can celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss
- Green Eggs & Ham for breakfast, anyone?
- Crafts, crafts and more crafts! Pinterest is loaded with fun crafts, activities and snacks.
- Make it a family movie night and watch your favorite Dr. Seuss Movie! A few of our favorites: The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Visit your local library and check-out your favorite Dr. Seuss story. A few of our local branches are celebrating on March 2 and March 4. See below for more info.