By: Kaila Weingarten, MSED
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss from Manhattan Toy! Did you grow up with The Cat in the Hat
ringing in your ears? Are you waiting for Thing One and Thing Two come pick up your toys? (I am!) It’s time to pass on the joy to your child. Theodor Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss” was born on March 2nd
, 1904 During his lifetime, Dr. Seuss wrote and published over 44 books and is the world’s best-selling children’s book author. So what better way to celebrate his birthday then by reading! Here are some fun ways to host your own Dr. Seuss birthday reading event:
1. Get your hands on your favorite Dr. Seuss characters at www.manhattantoy.com
! They've got adorable Dr. Seuss puppets and soft toy characters, plus infant toys to boot! Your child will be enamored with these delightful Dr. Seuss favorites, like THE CAT IN THE HAT™
. THE GRINCH™
and THE LORAX™
- Celebrate Dr. Seuss with a visit to this site where you can explore various aspects of Geisel's work and career. A variety of games and activities, and information about favorite Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch are also included.
3. Read to your child’s class in school. Talk to your child’s teacher or school librarian volunteering for literacy efforts. “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
” Dr. Seuss
4. Read a rhyme. Nursery rhymes are important for youngsters, as they help them develop an ear for language. Rhyme and rhythm enable children to better hear sounds and syllables or words, helping them learn to read! Once you've read one of Dr. Seuss's rhyming classic stories, have everyone work on creating their own rhymes! For added help, choose some words that they can choose to rhyme with as a starting point, then let their imaginations take the story where they desire. “Will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
” Dr. Seuss
5. Participate in your local library children’s program. Check out your great resources and borrow books for your children. Expose and enrich your child’s world with reading. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go
.” Dr. Seuss