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Celebrate Dr. Seuss! Celebrate Reading!



Celebrate Dr. Seuss!  Celebrate Reading!

Monday, March 4, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!  Students may come to school dressed representing their favorite Dr. Seuss book!  We gave several examples to them during Monday Morning Assembly:

  • The Foot Book or Fox in Socks: wear crazy socks
  • Cat in the Hat: wear a crazy hat
  • Green Eggs and Ham: wear green
  • Wacky Wednesday: wear Wacky clothes
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!: Hooray for our school – wear school colors
  • My Many Colored Days: wear colorful clothes
  • I Am Not Going to Get Up Today or Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book: wear pajamas  (winter pjs, no slippers)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: wear Christmas colors or clothes
  • The Lorax: wear a mustache or Truffula hair!
  • The Sneetches: wear yellow
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: wear clothes representing a favorite place

Or come as one of Dr. Seuss’s many characters!

Dr. Seuss Day

Held annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is a holiday that celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – otherwise known by the pen name by which he authored children’s books: Dr. Seuss. During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States. In 1998, it started Read Across America and decided to hold it on the same day as Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  

On Dr. Seuss Day it is customary to read a favorite book with your child. It could be one of Dr. Seuss’s books or it could be another children’s book author. The whole point of the day is to engage children in reading and to get them to read on a regular basis.  Teachers will be sharing one or two of their favorite Dr. Seuss Books with their students!  Which is your favorite?

Mr. Geisel published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937. Over the course of his career, Dr. Seuss published more than 60 books

A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when, in response to a 1954 LIFE magazine article that criticized children’s reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a “tour de force.” The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” was the last book in 1990 to be published with classics such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the GrinchStole Christmas” and “Green Eggs and Ham” in between.  Some famous quotes of Dr. Seuss…

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one

Who’ll decide where to go…

 


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