Dr Seuss books make for a marvelous month of reading!
Dr Seuss’s birthday, World Book Day and the Literacy Trust’s Where’s Wally? Fun Run all take place in March.
We start by exploring Dr Seuss books in preparation for his 110th birthday. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd 1904 and died in 1991. He was a prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books and known to fans around the world as Dr Seuss.
What’s special about Dr Seuss books?
Using humour, rhythm and rhyme the Dr Seuss books have been enjoyed for generations. We are particularly fond of Dr Seuss books for beginner readers, such as The Cat in the Hat (first published by Random House in 1957). These books offer children the chance to practise reading in a fun and lively way. Dr Seuss books have been written to appeal to all children and in my experience they can even entertain and engage the most reluctant boy readers.
Dr Seuss books are wonderful to read aloud and can play a part in helping many children on their learning to read journey. The latest editions have reading level guidance for parents and carers on the back covers: Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for children to have a go at reading on their own, and Yellow Back Books for more fluent readers.
A Cat in the Hat for World Book Day?
Perhaps your child might like to celebrate World Book Day on 6th March 2014 by dressing up as a character from one of the Dr Seuss books? Given that The Cat in the Hat has sold over 11 million copies, he could be a fun character to choose.
A2Z kids have a range of book character costumes including a Cat in the Hat. Or you can just buy the famous tall white and red hat from them for under £5.
Resources and References
For information about Dr Seuss, visit his profile on the Harper Collins website. You can also find out information on Dr Seuss books from there too.
Click here for information on World Book Day on 6th March 2014.
Click here for information on the Where’s Wally? Fun Run organised by the National Literacy Trust on 16th March 2014.