Second-grade teachers in Elmhurst, Ill., and state house speakers in Germantown, Md., adorned their noggins with the famous “Cat in the Hat” chapeaus and read to children sitting on classroom floors as schools everywhere celebrated what would have been Dr Seuss’s 109th birthday.
Throughout March, schools across the country are encouraging students to read for at least 30 minutes a day. Some schools provide logbooks for students to keep track of their reading.
As Maryland’s House of Delegates Speaker Michael E Busch read Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, he told the Capital Gazette it reminded him of his time reading Dr Seuss books to his own daughters when they were younger.
“It’s very important to encourage young people to read,” the paper quoted him as saying. “It will help them in the long run, no matter what subject or career they end up pursuing.”
Dr Seuss, who was born Theodor Geisel on March 2, 1904, died on Sept. 24, 1991, after having written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and have sold more than 200 million copies.
His literary works have been the source of 11 children’s TV specials, a Broadway musical, and a few motion pictures. He has won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. This year, since his birthday fell on a Saturday, most schools decided to celebrate reading in his honor on Friday.