Read Across America Day Also Falls on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

This March 2nd is not only National Read Across America Day, but also Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Book Culture On This Day

This March 2nd marks the year’s National Read Across America Day. It also happens to be the same day as the birthday of Theodor Geisel, or more commonly known as the beloved children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss. So why is it that National Read Across America Day falls upon Dr. Seuss Day?

National Read Across America Day

The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America Day back in March 2nd, 1998, every year since falling on that date. The Association established the holiday to encourage reading for children. It is initiated by schools and educators as a celebration of learning, literacy, and all things book-related.

The NEA decided to host National Read Across America Day on March 2nd on the day of Dr. Seuss’s birthday to commemorate his impact on childhood reading and literacy. But if we’re gonna look at the history of one of the nation’s biggest days of celebrating reading, we should also look at the children’s author whose birthday it also falls on!

Who was Dr. Seuss?

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Theodor Geisel, or as you all may know him as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, in Massachusetts. He attended Dartmouth College, where he developed his pseudonym of “Seuss” while writing for its magazine. Despite being a children’s author, Geisel never had his own children, but went on to publish over 60 books. His most famous works include childhood classics from “The Cat in the Hat” to “Green Eggs and Ham” to “The Places You’ll Go!”

Fun fact: Did you know that Dr. Seuss’s first published book in 1937, “On Mulberry Street,” was rejected 27 times?

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Today, several of his books are feature films, including “Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who.” Geisel passed away in 1991, seven years before the very first Read Across America Day. However, his legacy in children’s literature is still prominent in schools and libraries today.

So, now that you know a little more about the importance of Read Across America Day, you can spend March 2nd with that new book you’ve been procrastinating on! Maybe visit your local library, and if you’re interested, pick up a Dr. Seuss book while you’re at it!

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