Read Across America Day Honoring Dr. Seuss

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!  March 2 is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.  Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA.  He liked reading, drawing, animals, and goofing around.  His schoolmates voted him "Least Likely to Succeed" but we all know he grew up to be Dr. Seuss, the most beloved author of all time!  His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth.  Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create rhymes for which he became so well known.

The first book Ted both wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press!  The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of his career, was created when he was asked to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 "new reader" vocabulary words.  Of everything he had ever written, Ted said, "It's the book I'm proudest of."  Bennett Cerf at Random House bet Ted $50 he couldn't write a book using only 50 words.  Ted wrote and illustrated Green Eggs and Ham using exactly 50 words.  It remains the most popular of all his books.  Ted had written and illustrated 44 books at the time of his death on September 24, 1991.

The National Education Association's national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2nd and calls for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.  We will spend several weeks in the library learning about Dr. Seuss and reading many of his classic books.