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Read Across America/ Dr. Seuss' Birthday

This Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, inviting every child in every community to celebrate reading.  Created by the National Education Association, Read Across America is simply a holiday for the love of reading.  You can find more information here.

How do you celebrate Read Across America?

SIMPLE!  Read your favorite book!  Share your favorite book with a friend! Find a new favorite book!  Celebrate your love of reading in whatever way serves you and your family best.

Why is Read Across America celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday?

When this program was created, Dr. Seuss was chosen as a perfect example of a beloved Children’s book author.  His books are still praised and loved decades later and maintain their excellency in helping kids learn how to read.  His perseverance in his writing career, his hidden morals within fun and colorful stories, and his innovative writing styles targeting new readers have made him a key figure in Children’s literature.  However, with a slew of scrutiny surrounding Dr. Seuss’s political background and controversial imagery, the organization has taken a step back from a main focus on Dr. Seuss and re-focused on inspiring diverse literature in this annual celebration.  Book lovers may choose to celebrate this holiday as a Seuss-ical day or celebrate in a way that honors the books you love most.

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss at the Library:

Visit us at the library this weekend to discover the books you love.  For Dr. Seuss's birthday, we currently have a craft of a truffula tree from The Lorax, a Seuss book focused on environmentalism.  There is also a display of Geisel Award Medal and Honor books, titles that have been chosen to be the best American books for beginning readers, alongside a collection of Seuss classics.