There are pioneers in the world of children’s literature. Theodor Seuss Geisel – or Dr. Seuss, as he’s known – is one of them. He pioneered the I Can Read genre of picture books, and now is the namesake of an annual award for the best I Can Read book published each year (The Geisel Award). And today, he would’ve been 110 years old!
In our house, both Techie Rocker and I grew up with Seuss stories, and we’ve shared our favorites with J&H ever since they were teeny-tiny. Hop on Pop was well-read in the early years, with it’s simple rhymes and short words. As they got older, they grew into stories like I Wish I Had Duck Feet! (written under a Geisel pseudonym, Theo LeSeig), which encourages creative thinking. Techie Rocker is particularly fond of sharing Fox in Socks and brags that he can read it aloud without any mistakes (try it – it’s much harder than you’d think!). Standards like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham are part of the family bookshelf, and no Christmas is complete without enjoying How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
To me, this is a day that can’t go unnoticed or unobserved. In our house, we’ll have a Seuss-a-thon reading afternoon. Maybe make some green eggs and ham. J&H will definitely hop on pop (read: tackle daddy). And we’ll visit one of the more awesome children’s lit websites out there, Seussville.
What about you? What’s your favorite Seuss book to read and/or share?