Are you in the generation that saw the Dick and Jane reading primer give way to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss?
Born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book in 1937. The book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was rejected by 27 publishers before it finally found its way into print. It was first of the 44 books he wrote and illustrated.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, 3 Emmys, 3 Grammys and 3 Caldecott Honors, Theodor Geisel said he did not write for children, he wrote for people.
One of the great gifts many grandparents give to their grandchildren is a love of stories. This March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, share a story with an important child in your life.
You can also make your celebration go beyond the book with these ideas for crafts, activities and recipes to do with children on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday.
March 2nd is also “NEA’s Read Across America” day, a national celebration of reading. Schools, libraries, community centers and individuals bring kids, teens and books together for reading.
You can even visit a special page Kids Moving Mountains to learn how kids can enter a contest where winners receive a scholarship and a ride on the Goodyear Blimp!
Grandparents have a special Seuss-like place in the lives of grandchildren. Deeply caring about a child, with years of perspective and wisdom, a grandparent can be a great helper to a grandson or granddaughter. They love them for who they are, not what they do, and impart to them the simple life lessons that come from lived experience.