Read Across America 2018 is Coming Soon!
I have so many vivid memories of reading Dr. Seuss books as a young child. I could read them over and over again and never get bored. Besides The Cat in the Hat, my favorite books were And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street and 10 Apples Up on Top.
My oldest daughter loved our snuggle time with books each night, and when she was four, she started reading-really reading-her Dr. Seuss books to me. My younger children used his Beginner Books to launch their love of the written word.
In honor of Dr. Seuss, aka, Theodore Geisel, schools across the United States celebrate Read Across America. This not only honors a great children’s author, but also helps promote literacy among grade levels. From kindergarten to high school, the works of Dr. Seuss are studied.
As parents, you can bring the excitement of this special week in March at home. Skip the worksheets-here are hands on activities for both parents and teachers to use to promote a love of learning.
Dr. Seuss Celebration Ideas
At school, whether it is preschool or elementary, your child will be pumped for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. There are days of preparation and then days of activities planned by teachers across every age and grade level. Hallways will be full of art projects and book projects. If your child is in elementary school, there may be a reading contest, where if the entire school reads a certain number of books, the principal will have to kiss a pig, shave his beard, or sing to the school at an assembly (these all happened in my personal experience).
Why not harness that positive energy and create a similar atmosphere at home? It really helps make that important home/school connection.
Read Across America is a very big deal in schools across the country. If you need any books or supplies, act fast! Libraries will have their entire Seuss collections checked out before March 2nd and stores will be out of any Suess related craft materials and costumes.
Read Less Familiar Dr. Seuss Books for Your Celebration
If you ask any adult to name their favorite Dr. Seuss books, some of the titles you will most likely hear are:
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Horton Hears a Who
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Hop on Pop
But did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 books? He also wrote, but did not illustrate, sixteen other titles under the pen name of Theo LeSieg (Giesel spelled backwards).
Why not introduce your child to new Dr. Seuss titles? Here is a list of just a few that you may not have read as a child.
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
Hunches in Bunches
The King’s Stilts
Gerald McBoing Boing
On Beyond Zebra!
Here is a complete list of Dr. Seuss’ works.
I Love to Read Rubber Bracelets come 24 to a pack. These are perfect to hand out to each child for Read Across America.
Use Free Printable Reading Charts
At home with your child, you can set a goal for how many books you want to read for Read Across America. For younger children, you can make smaller, incremental goals and give a prize when each goal is met.
There are free printable reading charts that you can use with your children. Charts are a wonderful way to track progress, as it is a visual, concrete thing that children can understand. Use Dr. Seuss stickers to keep track of each book read!
Dr. Seuss Inspired Food
One way to a child’s heart is through food-fun food! Another way to make an at-home connection with what is taking place in school is to create Dr. Seuss inspired foods. Sure, you may have served green eggs and ham; in fact, it is almost cliche for Read Across America. In this article, Recipes to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, I share over a dozen recipes and ways to add food to a Dr. Seuss unit of study.
Serve your inspired treats on these themed plates and napkins! Pick and choose the ones you want!
Why not volunteer and ask your child’s teacher if you could read a book to the class and then have them make a treat together? Many teachers welcome parents into the classroom, and children simply love when their mom or dad is in there helping out. As a parent and as a teacher, I know this is true from experience. Kids are proud of their parents!
There are so many ways to celebrate this wonderful author!
Featured image By Dr. Seuss Created in vector format by Scewing (Heritage Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons and altered by the author in picmonkey.com