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Read Across America

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Your books have had quite an impact these past 80 years. Your wonderfully whimsical words and drawings continue to delight and inspire the young and the young at heart. You encourage us to “think and wonder, wonder and think.” We’re better off when we do.
Your message is clear, “the more that you read, the more things you will know.”
So when the National Education Association wanted to create excitement about reading, they choose your birthday for an annual event called Read Across America. Designed to motivate kids to read more, the first celebration occurred on March 2, 1998. Now, all across America, schools hold assemblies and guests visit classrooms to read aloud to the students. I’ve even heard that some principals have dyed their hair green. I’m wondering if any cafeterias serve green eggs and ham. Now that would be a scream!

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Name This Famous Person

Name an author/illustrator born on 2 March 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts .

Need a clue or two?

1. Wrote and illustrated books for adults and children, and holds the rare distinction of having been number one on The New York Times Best-Sellers List for both nonfiction and fiction.

2. First children’s book, To Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers before being published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Still don’t know? 

Of course you do. 

It’s Dr. Seuss, of course.

 On the big day, eat green eggs and ham for breakfast. Unless! You can say aloud, “I do not like them Sam-I-Am. I do not like green eggs and ham.” Eat whatever you like I say. Just be sure today you choose a favorite Dr. Seuss book to READ ALOUD to someone special to you.

What better way to get ready for his birthday than by recalling important lessons he taught us in his wonderfully whimsical way?

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

 

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.

 

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

 

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

 

              Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter,

and those who matter don’t mind.

 

Stand tall and speak up.

 

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

 

Think and wonder, wonder and think.

 

Think left and think right and think low and think high.

Oh, the things you can think if only you try!

 

It is better to know how to learn than to know.

 

You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

 

Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!

 

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

 

You have BRAINS in your HEAD.

You have FEET in your SHOES.

YOU can STEER yourself any DIRECTION you CHOOSE.

 

You’re on your own.

And you know what you know,

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

 

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