Celebrating Dr. Seuss and Reading for Kids
If you have a child (or remember being a child) than you are very familiar with Dr. Seuss -- one of the most well-known and loved children's authors and illustrators!
I'm sure you have a favorite Seuss book -- possible Horton Hears a Who? or The Lorax?
Or maybe you're more of a seasonal fan and enjoy How the Grinch Stole Christmas :)
This month, we'll be highlighting the works of Dr. Seuss and celebrating reading in a some really fun ways -- great games to play, hands-on activities and some creative crafts!
Today's post will share some interesting details about Dr. Seuss, a few of our favorite books along with affiliate links for more information and sites where you can find more information about great reading events & celebrations.
Who was Dr. Seuss?
Here are some fun facts that kids will enjoy:
- His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel but friends called him Ted.
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) was Dr. Seuss' first published kids book (many people think it was The Cat in the Hat).
- Dr. Seuss and his wife never had children.
- Many of his books were written to teach children how to appreciate others, encourage kids to think & imagine, and help people to be aware of and change injustice in the world.
You can find many more details about Dr. Seuss and his life at Seussville.
Dr. Seuss Books
During February, we will highlight the works of Dr. Seuss.
What was your favorite Seuss book as a child? Which do your kids enjoy?
I know, It's hard to choose (there are just so many wonderful stories!). We have many favorites at our house so I thought I would share a few of our must-reads:
The Lorax - a classic story about why we should care about the environment and how each person can make a difference.
McElligot's Pool - one of our favorite books for discovering the imagination!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - A must read during the holidays for us
My Book About Me - I had this book as a child and bought it for both of my kids. It's a great way for kids to create a story about themselves and so fun to read again once they've grown.
Read Across America Day
We will also celebrate Read Across America on March 2, 2015, along with many schools across the country. This day is dedicated to motivating kids to read!
You can download a bookmarks, certificates, posters and more at the NEA's Read Across America website!
Literacy skills are so important to our children's success in school and in life, so I encourage you to find ways to make reading part of your childs daily routine:
- Read the cereal box at breakfast
- Cuddle up for some read-aloud time after school or before bed
- Attend storytimes at your local library or nature center
- Encourage kids to read a variety of materials (books, magazines, comics, interactive games, etc)
- Create a reading nook in your home
- Shedule a weekly library visit to explore new books and topics of interest to your child
Here are a few more ideas for getting kids to read!
One Famous Cat
Everyone recognizes the cat who wears the red and white striped hat!
In addition to his most infamous role in creating chaos at Sally & Dick's, there are also some other fun ways to introduce your kids to The Cat --
The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library
Cat in the Hat Learning Library is one of our favorite nonfiction series; these books introduce kids to real-life topics and facts. Children love to learn about animals, nature, weather, holidays and so much more with The Cat, Thing 1 & Thing 2, Sally and Dick.
Here's a few of our favorite titles --
Parents and teachers love these books for a number of reasons:
- They are a great way to introduce kids to nonfiction topics
- Children can grow with the books - younger kids enjoy the illustrations while older kids appreciate learning some of the details about the topic
- The books do a wonderful job of introducing a variety of science topics to children in a very appealing way.
I would highly recommend adding a few to your home library!
PBS & The Cat
Another wonderful way to introduce your kids to The Cat is by watching the PBS series Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That. This learning series introduces many of the topics covered in the Learning Library books. Kids will enjoy exploring topics about animals, nature, science and more in these half-hour episodes.
Check your local listings for when the show airs in your area. And be sure to visit the PBS website for some fun Cat in the Hat onlines games, videos and activities that kids will love (and learn with too!)
More Great Seuss Resources
Looking for fun ways to connect Dr. Seuss books and activities? Here are a few outstanding resources that can be used at home or in the classroom:
- 100+ Printable Games & Coloring sheets for kids from Seussville
- 200 Kids Crafts & Activities for so many Dr. Seuss books from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Fun lesson plan ideas from Apples 4 the Teacher
- Dr. Seuss party printables from Catch My Party
- 500 Dr. Seuss crafts & activities at Pichea Place
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