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You can read in the sun, you can read on a bus, read in the tub, reading is a must

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated some of the most renowned and beloved stories for children ever. Sixteen of his forty-six children’s books are listed on Publishers Weekly's list of the "100 Top-Selling Hardcover Children's Books of All-Time." Seuss got his start writing for his college newspaper then did cartooning and advertising, before publishing his first children’s book in 1937. Seuss’s success is an embodiment of the adage, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again;” his first book titled ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’ was rejected 27 times before it was finally published! To date, his works have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.1 Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, has been selected as the date for National Read Across America day, a movement featuring the Cat in the Hat and other Seuss-inspired mascots who encourage children to embrace their love of reading.

Did you know that the Cat in the Hat was created specifically as a children’s literacy primer? The writing of Dr. Seuss is remarkable because of the way he combined simple vocabulary with made-up words, while employing sophisticated poetic meter and features like rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Impeccable rhyming and timing make stories like The Cat in the Hat roll readily from the tongue: “Look at me! Look at me now!” said the cat. “With a cup and a cake on the top of my hat! I can hold up two books! I can hold up the fish! And a little toy ship! And some milk on a dish! And look! I can hop up and down on the ball! But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all…” 

Literacy activities can be easily implemented to capitalize on the fun and learning potential when reading books by Dr. Seuss!


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