Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
- Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You! 

Dr. Seuss, born as Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904.  If he was still alive today, Dr. Seuss would be 108 years old!

Growing up, I loved reading Dr. Seuss books.  In fact, today, I still love reading them.  One of my favorite books has always been Green Eggs and Ham.

I have always loved that Dr. Seuss' books feature rhymes.  When read aloud, they have an almost musical quality to them.  Some books, such as Hop on Pop, or One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, can help beginning readers to improve their fluency and reading ability.  Other books, such as Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax teach valuable lessons like how to treat others.

Guess what?  Even celebrities love Dr. Seuss books!  Check out Tim Tebow reading Green Eggs and Ham...

Awesome, right?  I have always been a Tebow fan, but this makes me like him even more.  See kids, even big football players think reading is cool!

Next, check out Justin Bieber reading The Cat in the Hat.

I think it is really cool that celebrities are taking the time to show kids that reading is cool.  I can't wait to share these videos with my students one day.

Last, I thought I would share my excitement with you about a movie that hits theaters today!  Which movie you ask?  The animated movie based on Dr. Seuss' The Lorax!  The movie stars the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Betty White.  If you haven't seen the trailer already, be sure to watch it!

Adorable, right???  Is anyone as excited to see it as I am?

Okay, I think I have shared enough videos for one day.  I hope that you find them entertaining (I know I do). :)

Do you love Dr. Seuss?  Are you celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday in any special way today?  Do you have any great videos of other celebrities reading Dr. Seuss books?  Please share in the comments below!  I would love to read them. :)

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." 
- Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


  1. The celebrity thing is awesome! There was a teacher at my school that wore a Cat in the Hat Tie! :)

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed the videos. I think it makes reading more appealing when kids can see that their favorite celebrities think it is cool. That is adorable that one of your teachers wore a Cat in the Hat tie! Hmm... I wonder if my husband would wear one? Just kidding. If so, I would definitely buy him one!

  2. Love this post! The school that I'm interning at just had Dr. Seuss Night for K-2nd graders. It was so much fun! The kids traveled to different rooms in groups. In one room, the AP read the kids a Dr. Seuss book while they enjoyed cookies and milk. In another room, the PE teacher organized a movement activity that went along with The Lorax. And then in the media center, there were centers set up to go along with each of his books. I was at the foot tracing center to go along with The Foot Book, but there was also face painting, an alphabet game, a puzzle station, and even more that I didn't get to see. Everyone was in their PJ's too... It was too cute!

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

      The Dr. Seuss night sounds amazing! I would love to host (or attend) one someday! I bet you could even use smaller versions of the book centers in your own classroom if you couldn't get your whole school to participate. Thanks for sharing! :)