Read Across America–Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 2 is Read Across America Day.  It is also (not coincidentally), Dr. Seuss’s Birthday.

Dr Seuss birthdayFrom the NEA website:  In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.
Have you ever tried your hand at writing a  Dr. Seuss style story?
All the ‘Hoos in Hooville attend UVA
But the Whos from Whoville had something to say.
“Who is the real Who”” they did cry and fuss
“Should it be You or Should it be Us?”
Your hoo is a Wahoo- a fish who can drink
Twice it’s own weight without having to think
While we are created by Dr. Theodore Seuss
A very smart man, in touch with his Muse.
The ‘Hoos responded with true Wahoo zeal
Jefferson’s our founder and his words are real.
He wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Not fictional characters of dubious residence.
Our foes are quite legion like our rival at Tech
You just have the Grinch, though he put you through heck
We each have our issues and this is quite true
But you also have Horton, who once heard a Who.
Each group had its huddle, the crisis to solve
The wisest expounded with learned resolve.
Who is the Hoo?  Is it you?  Is it me?
They finally decided to just Disagree.
What are you doing to celebrate Read Across America Day?
1)  Read to a child, whether it’s your own or a neighbor’s.
2) Support your local literacy program.
3) See if you library has a story hour and if they need any help.
4) Donate a new or gently used children’s book to a book sale, a fund drive, or a charity of your choice.
5)  Give an appropriately aged book for birthdays, Christmas and other gift giving occasions. Time has a list of the 100 Best Children’s Book.
Amazon, your child’s teacher, or a librarian can also offer several suggestions
For more information about Dr. Seuss, click here.
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Banned in Boston (or at least in Cambridge)

It seems a fitting end to Banned Book Week that a librarian, Liz Phipps Soerio at the Cambridgeport Elementary School, has refused Melania Trump’s gift of several Dr. Seuss Books that were offered on National Read a Book Day, September 6.  The Washington Post carried the story yesterday.

According to the Post,  “Seuss’s illustrations are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro wrote in a letter to Trump on Tuesday.”

“The 10 books on the list are: “Seuss-isms!”; “Because a Little Bug Went KaChoo”; “What Pet Should I Get?”; “The Cat in the Hat”; “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”; “The Foot Book”; “Wacky Wednesday”; “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”