March 2 is the birth date of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. He was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He started out as a commercial artist and film maker. His first children’s book was And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street. It was rejected by publishers 27 times before it was published by Vanguard Press. Cat in the Hat was published by Random House when he was challenged to write a primer using only 225 new-reader words. For more information on Dr. Seuss, check out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial website.
The National Education Association chose Dr. Seuss’ birthday for their annual Read Across America event to emphasize the importance of reading. This year it is being held on Friday, March 1st. Community members are invited to visit schools and other places families gather, like pediatricians’ offices, to read to children. A librarian from the Children’s Library will be reading at Children’s Hospital’s Locust pediatricians’ office in the afternoon. Since it is an annual event, you can put it on your calendar for next year, too.
See the write-up by Akron Children’s Hospital here.