Friday, March 2nd marks the birthday of legendary author Theodore Geisel — better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. The amazing Dr. Seuss wrote almost 50 children's books over the course of his long career, and has inspired generations of parents and children to find joy and humor in reading.
He's the man who brought us a people called Who, and also the likes of Thing 1 and Thing 2. So are you ready to celebrate? Check out these ideas, and don't be late!
1. Visit Seussville
Seussville.com is the official website of Dr. Seuss. It is loaded with information about the author and his many books, as well as videos, games, and activities for children of all ages. Spend an afternoon getting lost in the Jungle of Nool, or even go fishing in McElligot's Pool!
2. Watch The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon
On Friday, March 2nd, PBS Kids will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by airing a two-hour "Cat in the Hat-A-Thon," complete with brand new episodes of the popular PBS series The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That. Be sure to check your local listings for times.
3. Whip up some green eggs and ham
Green eggs and ham is the classic Seuss-inspired meal, but what about serving a Pink Yink Ink Drink or Schlopp With a Cherry on Top? The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook is filled with recipes inspired by the wacky tales of Dr. Seuss — so head to the kitchen and whip something up, you can put it in either a bowl or a cup!
4. Celebrate with crafts and activities
If you want to keep it simple, play a Dr. Seuss board game or print Dr. Seuss coloring pages for little ones to color. For fancier crafts, try making a Truffala Tree Pencil Holder or Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks. Or, if you're familiar with with the popular website Pinterest, just search for Dr. Seuss crafts and activities and you'll be amazed by the ideas you uncover.
5. Host a birthday party (or even a baby shower)
Know someone who's expecting soon? You could even host a Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower! The clever and creative website obSEUSSed has lots of pictures and ideas for baby shower games, foods, and decorations, as well as many other Seuss-inspired birthday party ideas.
6. See The Lorax in Theaters
Though Hollywood has added a bit of backstory (and its fair share of modern day moralizing) to the 1971 Seuss classic, most of The Lorax remains true to the book's original plot, and the graphics and artwork are genuinely impressive. The stories of Dr. Seuss may be silly, but they are also filled with words of wisdom that resonate with audiences of all ages. The main message of The Lorax, for example, is that:
"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Want to really honor Dr. Seuss on his birthday? Teach your kids why this message matters. Whether you plant a tree and get involved in The Lorax Project or find a different cause that you all care about, find a way to make a difference.
7. All you really need, is to sit down and READ
The best way to celebrate an author is simple — read the books he has written. Curl up with classics like Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now?, The Foot Book, or The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Dr. Seuss was a master at composing rhymes that children love to read, and it is no coincidence that the National Education Association's Read Across America program takes place every year on or near his birthday.
Dr. Seuss once wrote that "you're never too old, too wacky, to wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." The man was a master, his words were his art, so this year on his birthday, take them to heart.
My apologies for the rhyming...apparently it's contagious.