Grand County Libraries: Cut Leuss with Dr. Seuss!
February 20, 2009
It’s time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Born on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss’s books have inspired generations of children, and they have given readers several reasons to rejoice and celebrate reading all year long. There’s “Earth Day” with the Lorax, a birthday in Katroo in “Happy Birthday to You!,” partying in the jungle with “Horton Hears a Who?,” a celebration of rainy day fun with “The Cat in the Hat,” and a holiday favorite, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel) wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books. His imaginative use of rhyme and whimsical illustrations make his books a fun tool for teaching young children basic reading skills. He believed reading was important and should be enjoyable.
Celebrate with your family by gathering your children in a circle and ask them to talk about their favorite times of the day, week and year. When is your birthday? When is your Mom’s or Dad’s birthday? What is the most special time of the day for you and your family? On what day of the week do you have the most fun? Why? What’s your favorite holiday? What is your favorite month?
Celebrate with some Rainy Day Fun. Play a game by saying “the Cat says” followed by a trick. If the “Cat” doesn’t say it, then you’re out. Jump on one foot. Wiggle your eyebrows. Flap your arms. Shimmy your shoulders. Curl your tongue. Make a funny face.
See if you can recognize some of Dr. Seuss’s quotes:
∞ Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
∞ Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
∞ The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
∞ Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
∞ I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
∞ You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
Check-out Dr. Seuss’s books @ your library. Visit http://www.seussville.com and atozteacherstuff.com to see loads of fun Dr. Seuss activities to do with kids.