Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday & Books Removed!
Read Across America Day
Today, is Read Across America Day. The celebration was launched in “1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) and guided by a committee of educators, NEA’s Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.”
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Today, also is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. After the World War II he lived in La Jolla, California and wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Some of his most famous books are The Cat in the Hat,
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham. Dr. Seuss continued to write until his death on September 24, 1991. To learn more about Dr. Seuss click this link.
Dr. Seuss created the word nerd. He used the “nerd” in his 1950 book If I Ran the Zoo. The book was about a boy named Gerald McGrew who visits a zoo and ponders what it would be like if he ran it. However, this book is on the list that will no longer be published.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises said Tuesday it will no longer publish six of Seuss’ books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The books will be removed from libraries’ shelves.
Love to Read
If you are like I am, you love to read. Whenever I am out and know I might have to wait for an appointment. I always take a book with me. Sadly, according that included information from the Pew Research Center, 25 % of adults in the United States have not read a books, any any format, in a year.
How many books do you read a year and what is your favorite genre?
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If we erase history, we won’t learn. I think we can learn and teach about the wrongs.
If we erase it, does that mean it never happened?
Teri, you are correct. It is a teachable moment to explain history and the wrongs of that era, that sadly are still happening. I think the publishers should make an addendum in the front of the book, with a note on the cover of the books, to explain the history and offer the children life lessons about people’s differences and respecting and accepting others.