Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Let’s face it… reading to kids is more fun when you read Dr. Seuss.  Whether it’s the whimsical Cat in the Hat or tongue twisting Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss books are brain candy for kids and adults.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

When we had our first baby, my mother handed my spouse a book and told him to start reading to our son.  My spouse, never a confident reader of his own, was apprehensive at first.  He couldn’t get into The Little Engine That Could, didn’t know the rhythm of Good Night Moon, and thought that Pat the Bunny was actually the name of the rabbit.  But when he opened The Cat in the Hat, something clicked.  Suddenly there were voices for the formidable fish and the silly cat.  I slowly started collecting more and more Seuss books.  And my spouse kept on reading.  For years our nightly reading always included at least one of his classics:  The Lorax, The Sleep Book, Daisy Head Mayzie, Horton Hears a Who, Yertle the Turtle, and Sneetches.

The people and animals in Dr. Seuss books serve as literary role models. They teach us important life lessons that stay with us long after we’ve grown out of childhood. From protecting the environment to trying new things… from celebrating differences to sticking up for your friends… from celebrating imagination to fighting for equal rights… Dr. Seuss books are more than just silly rhymes. They’re words to live by.

Today would be the 107th birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel.

To celebrate, why don’t we all read a Dr. Seuss book tonight?  Tell me, what’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Photo credit: The Examiner

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