Friday, March 2, 2012
Happy Read Across America Day!
Every year Dr. Seuss’s birthday is marked by the NationalEducation Association’s Read Across America Event. This year’s theme book is The Lorax, highlighted in conjuction with the feature film version of that title. If you’re a fan of the Lorax (or have yet to be introduced to this eco-minded creature) I’m sure you’d enjoy celebrating by reading it with a child (or a group). But you don’t have to love the Lorax or even Seuss to be a part of this worthwhile event. Read Across America is an annual recognition of NEA’s year-round goal of encouraging and motivating young readers. Whether you choose a book you love or explore a new interest, read a treasured classic or a noteworthy newbie, reading with a child is a wonderful opportunity for spending time together and cultivating a love of reading. Take the pledge at the NEA homepage or the facebook cause page and get reading!
If you want to take advantage of the Seuss theme, here are some fun resources to go along with the celebration:
- Find a huge variety of activities in Seussville including book descriptions, videos, and games.
- Check out Seuss-inspired blog: ObSeussed
- Check out all the activities at the Dr. Seuss Linky party (I'm there too!)
- Make a Seuss themed snack - I made Cat In the Hat cupcakes last year.
- Learn more about Dr. Seuss at wikipedia or CatInTheHat.org
- Download a Dr. Suess book themed app from Amazon for your Android device. Many are on sale today in honor of Read Across America!
- Lots of ideas on the Seuss pinboard and Seuss unit study pinboard on Pinterest
- Literacy resources from Reading Rockets
Other good reading resources outside the Seuss-sphere include:
- Choose any book that strikes your fancy and contribute to a great cause while reading at WeGiveBooks.org
- Book related games, stories, and videos at scholastic
- Lots of activities for early readers at starfall.com
- Visit your local library - many are participating in the celebration, or explore some new titles!
Any special celebration plans? Anyone going to see The Lorax in theaters this weekend? The Lorax has some pretty complex themes of ecology and responsible production, but B has been captivated by it since he was about 3 ½. Do you think there’s a “right” age for The Lorax?