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Mar 2 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

by Joseph M

When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Dr. Seuss. I’m not sure I could decide on a favorite book, but If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo were among my favorites. I was really into all the crazy animals! At first it was just my mom reading the books to me, but eventually I picked up the habit myself. As I grew older and my taste in books expanded to offerings with more text, I retained my fondness for Seuss, and gradually began to appreciate his work on a deeper level; my parents even got me a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go when I graduated from high school. The gift was appropriate because there is meaning to be gleaned beyond the wacky rhymes and fanciful illustrations. Books like The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book depict concepts like environmentalism and the arms race in a manner that children can understand and absorb.

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. In honor of this iconic author, the National Education Association (NEA) has established March 2nd as Read Across America day. Visit the website to learn more and find out how you can participate.

There are many programs at the Library to celebrate this event as well:

Can’t get enough Dr. Seuss? Take a gander at our catalog and see what you can find. You can also visit Seussville for more information, fun activities and events, and other resources. Have fun!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Veronica W March 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM

My all time favorite Seuss is Horton Hatches the Egg. I love reading it aloud and while Horton’s “faithful one hundred percent ” speech is admirable, I have perfected my “Maizie, that lazy bird ” whine.

Greg March 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM

My Dr. Seuss books are among the very first books I remember owning, and those became a shared family resource. My sister had them for a time while her daughter was small; now they’re back with me and I don’t plan to part with them any time soon!

dhs March 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Like your parents, I have given this book away to high school and college graduates. It is very appropriate. I took it to the Henderson Middle School several years ago and read it to a class. When the students saw the book’s jacket, they laughed. When I started to read, the students gave me their undivided attention. I will always remember how this book captured the student’s imagination. I yet have my Dr. Seuss stamps and watch that my husband, David, gave me. Thanks for sharing your story.
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