Saturday, March 2, is not only a day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, it is also the NEA’s Read Across America event. Thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers celebrate by bringing together kids, teens, and books. If you’d like to get involved, you can find out more here.
Do you remember your first Dr. Seuss book? The odds are you can’t if your parents started reading to you at a very young age…just as I have done with my children. But surely we have our favorites. Wocket in my Pocket (for its silliness), To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street (for the imagination), and of course How the Grinch Stole Christmas (for the change of heart).
Dr. Seuss is not only a star in the book world. His books have become huge movies and TV shows. The first Grinch movie came out in 1966, and has been a must-watch movie each year. Who can forget the song You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch (as sung by Thurl Ravenscroft – he also provided the voice of Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes commercials “They’re Great!”)? Then in 2000, a live-action movie version of the book came out starring Jim Carrey. And just last year, a new CGI movie version of the book came out under the title The Grinch. These serves as a reminder of the staying power of Dr. Seuss’s story-telling.
Other recent movies include 2003’s The Cat in the Hat, 2008’s Horton Hears a Who!, and 2012’s The Lorax.
Premiering in 2010, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a TV series featuring the voice of Martin Short as the cat who takes Nick and Sally, the Fish, and Thing One and Thing two on adventures in his Thinga-ma-jigger “vehicle.” The series focuses on science and learning concepts. A tie-in book series has been published too, exposing another generation to new variations of the Seuss world.
To celebrate Reading Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we’re having a “Buy 2 Books, Save 15%” promotion. Enter the coupon code SEUSS19 on the cart page. Good through March 2, 2019. And let books take you to all the places you will go.