Read Across America
Today, is Read Across America Day, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Are you celebrating?
Read Across America is a program started by the National Education Association to encourage reading in children. It is celebrated every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday (or the closest school day to March 2nd.) There are many events that take place all across the country, and you can find out what’s happening in your area by visiting http://www.readacrossamerica.org
We love to read in our house, and we also love Dr. Seuss. With that crazy Cat in the Hat, plus Thing 1 and Thing 2, how could we not?!
In Mr. B’s class, they will be celebrating by dressing as their favorite book character. We’ve decided he would go as Thing 1 or Thing 2. Really, who can tell? I got the wig on clearance after Halloween last year. What do you think?
While he’s not reading all by himself yet, he practices every night with his Dad. I know it will all click soon, and then we won’t be able to stop him. After he practices, he also gets a story read to him. They read a lot of chapter books, including The Hardy Boys and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Today, we’ll spend reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. We’re also going to try some crafts, such as drawing our own Truffula Trees, and we have a couple Dr. Seuss puzzles too. Plus, the twins were pretty excited to play with some of the stuffed animals, like Horton from Horton Hears a Who and the Cat from The Cat in the Hat. (I must confess that we’ve also watched all the movies!)
I also found these cute dry erase boards at the Target Dollar Spot a while back. Not only can the kids color on both sides, but we can use them to practice making letters and numbers.
Dr. Seuss books are some of the books I actually don’t mind reading over and over. And believe me, I read them over and over…and over and over and over. They have fun rhymes, silly words, and a great message. The boys love all the characters and bright colors too. Feel free to click thru the pictures to purchase, using my Amazon Affiliate links. No additional charge to you, but I may earn a small commission.
Here are some of our favorites right now:
We also read a lot more than just Dr. Seuss books. One of the boys’ favorites right now are the Little Mister and Little Miss books. If you’ve never read them, you should definitely give them a try. They are pretty silly, but very cute and colorful. Plus, they give me a nice dose of nostalgia, since I remember them from my childhood. Here are a few of their favorites:
I hope you’ll spend some time today reading to your kids, or with your kids, or just reading. You’re never too old for a little Dr. Seuss!
If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss, I’ve got some great party food:
and DIY decorations for you:
Will you be reading today? Or celebrating Read Across America?