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Celebrate Dr. Suess' Birthday with a Book!

Written by Debbi Spiegel  |  26. February 2013

Theodor Seuss Geisel is better known as Dr. Seuss.  The most famous children's book writer of all time published 46 children's books.  They were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme and made up words.  Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.  He has also inspired many educational Apps.

Geisel would have been 109 on March 2nd. It has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. This year it is being celebrated on March 1st.   Many local libraries are celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America too.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Read Across America at home:

1. Have each member of your family pick their favorite Dr. Seuss book or any favorite book, wrap them up like presents and open after dinner to spend a night reading instead of screen time.

2. Create meals based on famous book fare such as Green Eggs and Ham.

3. Watch a movie based on your favorite book with the entire family!

4. Donate a book to your child's school library or classroom.

Pinterest is a great resource to check out.  There are great ideas for Dr. Seuss crafts and foods.  A Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs are tasty and festive.  You can top cupcakes with blue cotton candy to look like Thing 1 and Thing 2's hair.  Anything with red and white stripes can resemble The Cat.  Make your own One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish aquarium cup with blue gelatin and Sweedish fish.   Hot dogs are a kid's favorite! Frankfurters often appear in Dr. Seuss titles. Look for them in Happy Birthday to You, Hunches in Bunches, and The Sneetches. With so many beloved stories, the ideas are endless.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."  Here are some fun events to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday:

  • Long Island Children's Museum 
    Saturday 12-4  
    Do you have favorite book? Do you love to read? Come join big kids and little kids as they celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of the beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss. Meet Olivia the Pig and the Cat in the Hat as you join in on story times throughout the day. Have fun making creative crafts and activities to inspire reading all year long.  
  • Maritime Explorium 
    Saturday 1-5  
    Super Science Focus: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Observe chemical reactions as you make your own "oobleck!"  
  • Pottery Barn Kids 
    Storytime all day long.
  • Michaels - Locations across Long Island  
    Saturday, 10-noon Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a themed craft and storytime. $2 per child.  All supplies are included. Register for a session every half hour. Registration is suggested.
  • Target- Locations across Long Island 
    Target employees will be reading Dr. Seuss books and handing out some giveaways to kids.

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