This Saturday, March 2, marks the 109th birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel — a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss published such celebrated titles as The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and The Lorax. He was also a fiercely political artist, creating cartoons throughout WWII and drawing inspiration for his work from current issues like the Cold War and deforestation. In fact, many of Seuss’ stories have specific origins in the real world.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and his role in encouraging children to read — March 1st is Read Across America Day. Join the National Education Association in a celebration of reading with the goal of “motivating children and teens to read.” Check out a good book to read with a friend or relative — or simply set a good example by reading in the park or on the Metro.
- Not quite comfortable just sitting down to read? Follow these links for tips on reading to children, including toddlers and infants as well as school-age children.
- Not sure what to read? Choose an exemplary book from one of the National Education Association’s lists: Bilingual Books, Multicultural Books, African American Books, Top 100 Kids’ Books, and more.
- Want to learn more? Read a history of Read Across America. Or take advantage of Trinity Library resources and learn about the importance of parental involvement in early childhood reading, the importance of conversation during reading, the multicultural dimension to early literacy, and more. Simply search the catalog for the Subject Heading “Literacy–United States” or explore one of our many online databases.
Despite having died more than 20 years ago, Dr. Seuss remains one of America’s most cherished authors. Do your part to celebrate to celebrate reading: kick back, relax, and honor Dr. Seuss’ legacy!