Read Across America 2012

Tomorrow, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day, which just so happens to coincide with the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). I know my five-year-old and millions of other children will host guest readers, read Dr. Seuss books, eat some green eggs and ham and make a Seuss-tacular, Cat-in-the-Hat hat.

Why is Dr. Seuss the perfect Read Across America author? As I read more and more picture books, I’ve come to appreciate Dr. Seuss’s magic. He combined simple language with complex, imaginative ideas. For example, Green Eggs and Ham relies upon only 50 different words. All of them, except one (anywhere), are single-syllable words. It’s a simple story for budding readers, but the story is not limited by Seuss’s limited vocabulary.

On the same note, Hop on Pop uses lots of single-syllable words with short vowel sounds, making it another good choice for encouraging new readers. In my household’s opinion, Seuss’s books are far more interesting than Bob Books and other texts aimed at preschoolers and kindergarteners. (No offense to Bob Books, which work for so many kids.)

If you are looking for Dr. Seuss activities, look no further:

  • Scholastic has a complete author study with biography and ideas for activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The latter includes bookmaking, making Cat in the Hat hats and graphing how many students like green eggs and ham.
  • Apples4theTeacher has an entire page dedicated to Dr. Suess’s birthday with lots of printables and activities.
  • TeachKidsArt had this fun Seuss art activity. Grab your paint and googly eyes and get going.
  • Seussville.com is chock full of ideas.

Happy Read Across America Day!

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