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Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss Day - March 2

Read Across America March 2nd

Do you know how Theodore Geisel got the name Dr. Seuss? While he was in college, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the school magazine. Due to some misbehavior, he was forced to resign. However, he kept writing for the magazine under the pen name “Seuss” and that’s how he got the name Dr. Seuss.

Picture of a character from Green Eggs and Ham

During World War II, he drew political cartoons for the newspaper, drew posters for the War Production Board and the Treasury Department, and wrote films for the Army. After the war, he began writing children’s books. After Life Magazine reported that children weren’t reading much, Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat using just 236 words that were important for first-graders to learn. He wrote Green Eggs and Ham using only 50 words. Reading his books is a lesson in perseverance as his first book was rejected by close to 30 publishers.

The National Education Association (NEA) wanted a day to celebrate reading and to encourage children to read all over the U.S., so the Read Across America Day is held on March 2nd to coincide with the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Picture of the Cat in the Hat's hat and the word Read

Read a favorite book with your student or child on Dr. Seuss Day. It could be one of Dr. Seuss’s books or it could be another author. The purpose of the day is to engage children in reading and to get them to read on a regular basis.

The following accessible Dr. Seuss books can be ordered from AIM-VA.

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!PDF Accessible, WORD, FULLY
Fox in SocksPDF Accessible, WORD, FULLY
Green Eggs and HamPDF Accessible
Hop on PopPDF Accessible
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?PDF Accessible
One fish two fish red fish blue fishPDF Accessible
The Cat in the HatPDF Accessible
If I Ran the ZooPDF Accessible
Yertle the Turtle and Other StoriesPDF Accessible
The Sneetches and Other StoriesPDF Accessible
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?PDF Accessible
Horton Hears a Who!PDF Accessible
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!PDF Accessible
Dr. Seuss's Sleep BookPDF Accessible
Happy Birthday to You!PDF Accessible
The LoraxPDF Accessible
The Foot BookPDF Accessible
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!PDF Accessible

For more ideas, go to Seussville! To explore the history, Dr. Seuss Day!