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Celebrate Read Across America Day: 5 Dr. Seuss Favorites to Share with Your Students

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 -- Sarah Cornelius

Every year, Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd to commemorate the birthday of beloved (and prolific) children’s author, Dr. Seuss, and kick off National Reading Month. Dr. Seuss brings to mind happy childhood memories of learning to read for so many of us, and we know that teachers love a day in the classroom dedicated to celebrating his cute, quirky, and always inspiring illustrated books.

As our own way of celebrating here at Edmentum, we want to share five of our favorite Dr. Seuss selections, along with a few of the quotes that we love them for. Add them to your list of books to share throughout National Reading Month, and help Dr. Seuss grow your students’ passion for reading!

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh! The thinks you think up if you only try!”

The quintessential Dr. Seuss celebration of imagination, Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! Is a great story to share with your students to encourage them to run with their own creativity, embrace possibilities, and believe in their own abilities.

The Lorax

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. No, it’s not.”

There’s hardly a better way we can think of to introduce young learners to the importance of caring for nature than by reading this classic Dr. Seuss cautionary tale. Budding environmentalists will be inspired by the Lorax as he “speaks for the trees”!

Horton Hears a Who

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

This Dr. Seuss title is an outstanding Reading Month addition to your next social emotional learning lesson. Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes make his lovable character Horton the elephant a great teacher of the importance of kindness and perseverance. 

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

“And the turtles, of course…all the turtles are free. As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”

This collection includes three stories, though it is best known for the first title story. Yertle the Turtle is a timely metaphor on our shared rights to freedom and equality—offered with signature Dr. Seuss humor and flair.

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

“The more that your read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

What National Reading Month list would be complete without this title? Dr. Seuss’ well-loved character The Cat in the Hat take young readers on a fun and funny ride to discover the joy that books can bring.

Looking for classroom materials to celebrate National Reading Month? Check out the National Education Association for great tips and downloads, and stay tuned to the Edmentum blog all month for more resources! You can also download our free Reading Eggs Classroom Literacy Posters for a finishing touch on your National Reading Month decorations!