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Oh the Places We Go When We Read! Celebrating Dr. Seuss and Award-Winning Children’s Literature

Colorful image of Dr. Seuss with large eye glasses surrounded by many of his book characters
Colorful image of Dr. Seuss wearing large eye glasses surrounded by book characters.

You may not know Theodor Geisel by name, but when you hear the titles of his famous children’s literature, like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and the Cat in the Hat, you’ll know that he is Dr. Seuss.

For more than 75 years, his books have charmed children and families around the world, and you can find many of his titles in the Bookshare library.

Dr. Seuss wanted children to laugh and to be challenged, entertained, and delighted by the joy of reading. His brilliantly written and playful books, such as Oh, the Places You Will Go!, have motivated millions of us.

Each year, on his birthday, March 2, we honor his legacy through a national initiative known as Read Across America. During the month, schools, publishers, businesses, and organizations hold reading events to foster the love of reading. The National Education Association (NEA) spearheads this event by offering lessons, activities, and information about happenings in U.S. schools. You can download a 2014 Read Across America poster for your classroom, too!

Image of ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Image of ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Did you know that there are many outstanding children’s authors who follow in the footsteps of Dr. Seuss? Each year, the American Library Association recognizes a select few authors with the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Winners are chosen for their literary and artistic achievements in creatively and imaginatively engaging children. 

Book cover of the Watermelon Seed
Book cover of the Watermelon Seed

This year’s prestigious award is given to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.  The winner, The Watermelon Seed, was written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Disney Hyperion Books. The book is about a watermelon-loving crocodile that becomes distraught after swallowing a seed that he believes will grow inside of him.

Bookshare has created a special collection of many of the 2014 award-winning titles from the ALA.  You can locate them in our children’s literature section. Many titles do have images, so look for the option to select a title either by “DAISY With Images” or just as “DAISY Text Only.

 

Book covers of many Dr. Seuss titles.
Book covers of many Dr. Seuss titles.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  And to All Book Fans Everywhere… Enjoy Read Across America Month!

Bookshare members and sponsors, won’t you join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss and other award-winning children’s authors by downloading one book from the collection? Just one book can help a child go to new places and develop a love of reading!

We hope you’ll also post your favorite Dr. Seuss book on Facebook and share with us news of your Read Across America event—whether it’s in your home with your family or at your school or organization. 

 

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