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March 2014 — Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday!

By Krysanne Bryan, Educational Programs and Services Intern
March celebrates one of our greatest children's book authors. This month holds Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday. Dr. Seuss has given us some of our most cherished childhood memories and has introduced us to beloved friends. The Lorax, the Grinch, and the Cat in the Hat are only a few of the characters that have been with us for years. We can celebrate the life of Dr. Seuss by not only keeping his stories alive in the hearts of our children, but by encouraging children to discover a love of books. This month, we also celebrate the 17th annual Read Across America Day. This is a perfect chance to introduce children to a world where anything could happen.


In January, we encouraged you to embark on a journey with everyone's favorite feline, the Cat in the Hat. The Cat in the Hat is one of the most famous creations by the beloved Dr. Seuss and teaches children about the importance of problem solving and getting answers to some of life's important questions. This month we are encouraging you and your child to watch Word Girl as well. An action packed adventure with Word Girl will leave your child with an expanded vocabulary, something that can make reading easier and more fun. So this month, in addition to paying homage to the great Dr. Seuss, your child can tag along on some fun and crazy adventures and learn new words with Word Girl and her super sidekick Captain Huggy Face weekdays at 5pm on WHYY.


There are various ways to help your child discover all of the fun and adventure associated with opening a book.

  • Lead by Example – Children tend to play "follow-the-leader". If they see you reading a book, they may be more likely to pick one up as well. Encourage them to read aloud to you or just sit with them and read something of your own.
  • No Pressure – It's important to remember that reading should be about fun. It's not about how many books you read, just about the fact that you do read.
  • Field Trips – The library can be a place of escape. Take your child to discover the wonders of a new book on a regular basis.
  • Take the fun home – Building your own personal library full of fun and interesting books can lead to an increased love of reading as well. Make this space even more special by filling it with comfortable objects to create a reading environment your child will love.
  • Don't give up! Encourage your child to read whenever they're bored or have free time. Breaks from school and holidays are great times to grab a book. Don't forget! Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America Day are on March 2nd and 3rd!!
  • Read

    • The Jellybeans Love to Read by Laura Numeroff & Nate Evans
      The Jellybeans love to read. Join Anna, Emily, Nicole, and Bitsy as they try to find books that are just perfect for them.

    • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
      This book is designed to make children more aware of our planet through the use of colorful pictures and clever rhymes.

    • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
      Join Dick and Sally as they find a fun, exciting, yet troublesome solution to their rainy day blues.

    • Curious George Visits the Library by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
      Spend the day with Curious George as he has his very own adventure in the Library!

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