Dr. Seuss Day

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’’ -Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss day is to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and it’s on March 2. It is called National Read Across America Day. In 1997, the National Education Association wanted a day to celebrate reading and to encourage children to read all over the U.S., so the Read Across America Day was held on March 2nd, 1998. They decided to hold it on his birthday. The main idea was to read, it could be one of Dr. Seuss’s books or it could be another children’s book author.  

Theodor Seuss Geisel was his real name and he was born on March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States. He died on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.  Before he wrote the famous Dr. Seuss books he started drawing political cartoons for the New York daily newspaper called PM, during World War 11. These drawings were about what was happening in World War 11. He would later do posters for the War Production Board and the Treasury Department and then would write films for the United State Army Air Forces. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Lincoln college. He married Audrey Geisel but soon she died. He late married Helen Palmer.

The genre of his books is children’s literature. He wrote so many books in 5 decades. The first children’s book he ever wrote was “And to think that i saw it on Mulberry street”. The book was rejected 27 before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937. In 2009, the Cat in the Hat sold over 450,000 copies; Green Eggs and Ham sold over 540,000 copies, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish sold over 400,000 copies. One of the books Seuss wrote was The grinch and he was originally black and white but Chuck Jones made him green because he was inspired by a rental car he saw. Seuss made a point of not to began writing books with a moral in mind stating that, “kids can see a moral coming a mile off.” he was against writing about issues. 

On this day we usually wear pajamas or stripes. Reading Dr. Seuss books are a big tradition. For example, we read the book green eggs and ham and then make green eggs and ham. You can also make a Truffula tree that is from the book “The Lorax”. Kids usually do little activities like making Cat And The Hat hats.