Read Across America Day

3 Mar

In honor of the good doctor, Theodor Seuss Geisell, the National Education Association celebrates Read Across America on his birthday, March 2nd.  Because that was on Sunday, it was moved to today, March 3rd. In our neck of the woods, there are a lot of schools closed, so I expect this day may be celebrated tomorrow in many classrooms.  Regardless of where and when it is celebrated, the focus is the same… Read!  The NEA offers teachers and parents ideas and materials to celebrate and encourage reading.  There are traditional events, Wear a Hat to School, Green Eggs and Ham luncheons, One Fish Two Fish swimming Blue Jello, etc.


I’d like to take a minute and quote some of his lesser celebrated books, and some of my favorites. Especially for an older child, these books are intended to offer food for thought as well as entertainment.


Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Dr. Seuss    (listed alphabetically by title)

‘Every year the same four things!  I’m mighty tired of those old things!  I want something NEW to come down!’  and   ‘Even kings can’t rule the sky.’  Bartholomew and the Oobleck

 ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’  Horton Hears a Who!

‘Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.’  How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.’   The Lorax

‘I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.’  Yertle, the Turtle

I spent 30 years in education, encouraging reading in classrooms. Today I’m using Read Across America to encourage reading among adults.  I have piles of novels stacked on shelves and on the floor that I’ve been meaning to organize, someday.  Today is the day!  Today, I organize and sort.  Today these books are going into two piles Keep and Give-away.  It’s time to spread my love for reading with adults who haven’t developed that love, or who would love to have their own books in their own homes.  Maybe this small act will encourage an adult to pick up a book and read.

4 Responses to “Read Across America Day”

  1. Prairie Garden Girl March 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    Celebrating Dr. Seuss and reading his many outstanding books is a must throughout the years in my classroom. Today, my preschoolers and I read a few more Dr. Seuss books from a tall stack that we began reading last week. The kids created red and white striped Cat in the Hat paper hats to wear, cut out six green paper eggs and wrote *words to know* [see, like, I, am, the, a],on each green yolk, laced up pockets to place a wocket on a craft stick inside, and made Cat in the Hat whiskers out of pipe cleaners, and red pom pom nose all glued to another craft stick. Mrs. Sue and her Shinning Stars love Dr. Seuss books.


    • Juliana Lee March 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM #

      Oh how I wish I could be in a preschool class again! What fun! Your students are very lucky and I hope their parents realize it!


  2. Patricia Tilton March 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM #

    I totally forgot that today was Read Across America Day. I would have shared a different book. I love Dr. Seuss too. I worked for the Air Force for many years. They hold a huge event at the US Air Foce Museum, as I am sure they did today. Hundreds of military, including general officers, read a Dr. Seuss books. Most even done the striped hat. The museum packed with groups of kids. Great event!


    • Juliana Lee March 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

      Wow! I didn’t realize they did that. Sounds wonderful!


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