Read Across America!
Wednesday, March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and it’s the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day! It’s a day to celebrate rollicking rhymes, wacky characters, and a reading revolution created by a man who knew how to entice and entertain young readers with a limited amount of words and a tremendous imagination.
When it came to writing, this is what Dr. Seuss had to say: “Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”
On this Wednesday,
pick up a book.
Turn the pages.
Have a good look.
Read it alone.
Read to others.
Read to sisters.
Read to brothers.
Read it wacky
like Dr. Seuss.
Read it! Read it!
To Mother Goose.
But don’t forget,
read every day.
Dr. Seuss would
like it that way!
While you’re at it, try one of these activities to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Dress up as favorite story character.
Do a Reader’s Theater from a Dr. Seuss book.
Do a choral reading.
Invite parents to school to read or be read to by students.
Invite a local celebrity to read to students.
Choose a favorite author and do a biographical report.
Choose a favorite book and do an oral report.
Create a bookmark.
Make an advertisement for your favorite book.
Do an acrostic poem with the words, I LOVE READING or READING ROCKS.
Play charades, using famous children’s book titles.
Match authors with book titles.
Have a book exchange.
Collect “gently used” books to be given to a charity.
Create a class poem, using Dr. Seuss characters. And…
Don’t forget to wish Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday, and thank him for his creative genius!
Dr. Seuss quotes for readers and writers:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“Be awesome! Be a book nut.”
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
Also check out: Seussville