As is true for many children, I’m sure, the first book I ever read by myself was The Cat in the Hat. The fun rhymes, simple words and colorful illustrations made learning to read fun. Dr. Seuss made it fun.
Since then, Dr. Seuss’ stories have been there for all the big moments. At a young age, Horton Hears a Who taught me, “A person is a person, no matter how small.” Now, as an almost-graduate, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! holds a much deeper meaning, encouraging me to “remember that life's a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.”
It is because of these beloved books, with all their inspirational teachings, that every year on his birthday, March 2, we honor Dr. Seuss by celebrating Read Across America Day, a day devoted to motivating children to read.
Proof of the impact that Dr. Seuss has had on the literary world is everywhere. Just take a look at how he inspires some of your favorite cartoonists:
Pretty cool, huh?
To discover more about Dr. Seuss and the magic he created, click HERE to take a look at the life of Theodore Geisel. After all, what better way to celebrate Read Across America Day than with a book about the person who started it all?