Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! Read Across America Day

For the past twenty years, books and reading have been celebrated on March 2, Dr. Suess’ birthday. Read Across America was created by the National Education Association to encourage all children to love reading, and what day could be more fitting than the birthday of a beloved children’s author? Dr. Suess’ books are cherished by many, both adults and children alike. Almost every adult you ask can name a Dr. Suess book, I’m sure!

How can you celebrate Dr. Suess birthday and Read Across America Day? Here are some ideas:

Read Dr. Suess books

Did you know that Dr. Suess wrote and published more than 60 books in his lifetime? That is a lot of books! These books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go! among many, many more. Do you have a favorite Dr. Suess book or memory? Let me know in the comments!

Watch a movie or TV show inspired by Dr. Suess

There are a number of films based on Dr. Suess books such as The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, and of course the holiday favorite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is also a show called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That that my 3.5 year old loves that is available on Netflix or the PBS Kids video app.

Do a Dr. Suess craft or activity

Handprint One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue fish craft
Print some Dr. Suess coloring pages
Make an ABC book
Make playdough Green Eggs and Ham
Mix up some oobleck to go along with Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Do a Truffula Tree color matching and fine motor skill activity
Make a game to match baby animals with their mothers for Are You My Mother?

Eat Dr. Suess themed snacks

One fish, two fish Goldfish crackers
Hop on Pop-corn
Strawberry banana skewers for Cat’s Hat
Truffula tree seeds with Skittles or colored cereal, such as Trix
Red and white striped pizza
Green Deviled eggs (add food coloring or avocado to the yolk mix)

Make learning fun

Practice stacking apples like Ten Apples Up On Top
Sort, count, graph and make patterns with colored Goldfish crackers
Talk about words that rhyme
Plant a tree!
Talk about size to go along with Horton Hears a Who – big, bigger, biggest or small, smaller, smallest
Dress up like your favorite Dr. Suess character
Get moving with Dr. Suess inspired Yoga

Most of all, have fun together! How are you celebrating Dr. Suess’ birthday or Read Across America day?