It's true. And, what better way to celebrate than to 'Read Across America'? Chances are good that your library or school already has big plans. But if they don't, you can still celebrate. Here's how:
1. Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss character
Every birthday celebration is more fun when you get to dress up. Most kids know and love The Cat in the Hat, and it's not hard to create some red/white striped hats from paper and tape.
Ditto for making some grey elephant ears for those who want to look like Horton. And everyone will giggle when they wear a bushy Lorax mustache!
2. Choose your favorite Dr. Seuss book
Poll the class ahead of time so you know which Dr. Seuss books are favorites. You might also choose a teacher's favorite and introduce it to the class, or pick a book that ties in with other subjects. For example, if your class is also studying the environment, it might be fun to read The Lorax and discuss the importance of caring for the earth.
3. Learn about the real Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
If students don't know Dr. Seuss's real name, create a class activity around the real Theodor Geisel. The following websites are good places to start:
4. Go to Seussville for inspiration
It's no surprise that Dr. Seuss is popular both online and offline. Beyond checking out the Seuss books in your library, check out Seussville online for some great printables and class activities!
5. Go beyond Dr. Seuss: read books by Geisel Award winners
Did you know that the real Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel, inspired generous donors to create a literary award in his name?
Each year, a special committee honors authors and illustrators of English books for beginning readers. Winners receive a bronze medal and special certificates. Browse this list of past Geisel Award winners to choose a book for your class.
These are only a few ideas to get you reading across America in honor of Dr Seuss's birthday. We hope you celebrate this joyous event every year with a new, fun activity.
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