Hi guys, I know this Wednesday, March 2, is National Read Across America Day and I was thinking you might want to know why. I know everyone has heard about the famous Dr. Seuss, but did you know that his birthday is why we celebrate Read Across America? I know I have always loved reading books by Dr. Seuss and you probably have too! Read Across America Day was created to get people excited about reading and to teach kids all the joys and adventures that come with reading. In 1997 The National Education Association decided that they wanted more kids, teenagers, and even adults to read a considerable amount more. They put together a team of NEA members and decided to host an event on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel and he began writing for magazines in 1927. He wrote and illustrated very funny cartoons that everyone seemed to
love. In 1954, he decided to write and publish his own stories after finding that children did not like to read because their books were boring. He wrote and illustrated 44 books, won three Academy Awards and was also the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Seuss died in 1991, but everyone still feels the impression he made in society.
Maybe you already have a favorite book by Dr. Seuss. My favorite is Bartholomew and the Oobleck. It’s about a kid who has to save his kingdom from gross green slime called oobleck. If you don’t have a favorite, go out and look for some of his books because I know you will enjoy them. Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite Dr. Seuss book!
You will probably do a lot of things involving reading on Wednesday, but don’t stop there! Tell all your friends and family about all the cool things you have read about lately and try to convince them to get into reading as well.