Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss's birthday and 'Read Across America Day'. Dr. Seuss would have been 116 years old today! Twenty-three years ago, 'Read Across American Day' was set aside and chosen to be celebrated on Dr. Seuss's birthday because of the role he played in early literacy.
Dr. Seuss's influence can be seen in my books, A Golden Adventure - The Hunt for the Missing Rainbow and A Golden Adventure - Alphabet Round Up through the use of rhyming words. When I share my books with young readers, I encourage children to listen for the rhyming words and share what they hear. It gives young children a purpose for listening and gets them excited to read on to find more rhyming words. I've also created a new rhyming activity to use along with Alphabet Round Up. Check out the Making Reading Fun activities found at the end of the story for the "Rhyme Time Challenge."
Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children's books! His books were engaging and silly and showed young readers that reading can be fun! Dr. Seuss's use of rhyming words and silly, made-up verses were and continue to be an effective and fun tool to teach children how to read. These are just some of the reasons why Dr. Seuss's books became so popular with young children.
For more information, visit Dr. Seuss's website Seussville or the NEA Read Across America site. According to Seussville and NEA, "Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people." There are also interactive games and fun activities available.
Dr. Seuss said it best, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Happy Read Across America Day,