Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Did you know that tomorrow is Dr. Seuss’s birthday? It’s also National Read Across America Day!

cat and the hat

Image Source: BrainInsights Blog

We’ll be celebrating by walking over to our local library – they’re hosting a FREE party in honor of Dr. Seuss with fun Seuss-themed snacks, crafts, and games! Check your local library or bookstore to see if they have anything fun happening – odds are, they do!

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

― Frederick Douglass:

American social reformer, orator, writer, statesman, FORMER slave.

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Reading aloud to a child is one of the best things you can do to give them a head start on the road to literacy, and a child who has been given the gift of literacy has been given the gift of independence. Without fear of an overstatement, no other skill is more fundamental to developing independent and curious individuals, and independent, curious individuals are absolutely vital to a free & productive society.

It’s never too late to create a culture of literacy in your home, where it matters the most. Trips to the library {and participation in fun library events} are a great way to get the whole family involved. Plus, checking out books from the library is FREE {as long as you bring them back on time!}, so when your child gets tired of a particular book, it’s super easy and FUN to swap that book out for a new one.

This article from BrainInsights blog has some great ideas for how to get reading regularly with your little one, and also discusses why reading is so developmentally crucial for kids’ brains.

I also found a cool Pinterest board put together by the Read Across America organization – Resources for Your Event. This pinboard has fonts, clip art, classroom ideas, tips for reading aloud, and more!

How do you engage your family in reading and literacy? Give me some fresh ideas!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

  1. Kari March 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I had NO idea there was a such thing as a Dr. Seuss day! How fun!

  2. motheringfromscratch March 2, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    {Melinda} You are so right! I made many mistakes as a young mom, but one thing I did RIGHT was to take my kids to the library often from the time they were very little and instilled in them a love of reading. They are 16 and 13 now and both love to read.

    What a fun post! 🙂

  3. Laura Lee Groves March 2, 2013 at 10:38 am Reply

    Love this! In honor of the great book doctor, I wrote a Seussesque offering on my blog!

  4. Steph March 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm Reply

    So cute! My Kindergartner came home with a Dr. Seuss hat and a Lorax mustache!! Love it! We love to read at our house but are always looking for new fun things – thanks for the links! =)

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