Dr. Seuss has a birthday to celebrate today, and from toddlers to hockey players, they’re saying hurray. It’s a reason to gobble up green eggs with some ham, and don’t forget to nibble on purple bread with jam. Even some firefighters are making time to read, and Dr. Seuss has lots of books, so no need for greed.
Just what kind of reading’n’rhyming events are happening in honor of the man who brought the world such legendary creatures as the Cat In The Hat? Read Across America is celebrating by encouraging adults to make time to read a book to children, reported News 8.
In New Haven, for example, police officers and firefighters are joining other volunteers to share their love of reading with elementary school students. Read Across America hopes that 45 million people of all ages will take time to read a book today to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
But in chilly South Dakota, ice hockey players from the Rapid City Rush (ECHL) took Dr. Seuss’ books into action. Donning their Dr. Seuss-themed uniforms, they held a book drive and asked fans to donate books for a local charity, reported USA Today.
The organization tweeted their joy.
“Look what just arrived!!! We are very excited to wear these #DrSeuss sweaters at tomorrow night’s game! #thingwho” – @RapidCityRush
And down in warm Florida, toddlers chirped with glee. They ate green eggs and ham, and it was all for free. The Dr. Seuss celebration was part of a school’s official Green Eggs and Ham Day, reported Florida Today.
Not surprisingly, the children chose Green Eggs and Ham as the book to read out loud. It ranks as the fourth children’s best-seller in the English language.
Teacher Barbara Wilcox emphasized just how beneficial it is to read to and with young children.
“We brainstormed ways to help kindergarten and helping them learn to read topped the charts,” she said firmly.
And she’s enlisted some help from the community to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“Nearly a dozen college students volunteered to come and read to the kindergarten classes as will 23 students from Edgewood,” she revealed.
“Students in the Future Educators Associations at Edgewood and Thomas Jefferson Middle School held Dr. Seuss’s book drives for us; businesses including Wal-Mart responded with donations; and the Tropical Elementary PTO donated $75 for the project.”
And next year at this time, all those children can enjoy a newly discovered Dr. Seuss book, reported USA Today.
Entitled What Pet Should I Get?, the new Dr. Seuss book will be published on July 28.
Although the man known as Dr. Seuss, Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel, died in 1991, his widow Audrey only recently discovered the manuscripts.
“While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time — he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories,” she said proudly of her beloved husband.
Another person celebrating the importance of childhood literacy is Dolly Parton, as the Inquisitr reported. Through her Imagination Library, children receive books beginning when they’re infants.
“We give books to children once a month from the time they’re born to the time they start school. It teaches them to love books,” said the country music star.
[Image Via twitter.com/RapidCityRush]