Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Read Across America Day!

In honor of the inimitable Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, today is Read Across America Day! With events planned across the country in honor of his birthday, this is a moment to stop and reflect on the man who extraordinary creative talents changed children's books forever. Why not sit down with your family and read The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull, which is a delightful picture book biography?

The Geisel Award for excellence in literature for beginning readers is given out by the American Library Association (the same folks who award the Newbery and Caldecott Medals). Check out their list of winners for reading suggestions for your young reader!

You can also look at the official Dr. Seuss homepage, which is full of fun activities and check out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Teens and adults may be interested to learn that in addition to writing for young children, Geisel was a political cartoonist and worked in the advertising industry. These sites highlight a little known side of this beloved author.

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