Today is National Read Across America Day, which happens to be celebrated on Dr. Seuss’s birthday each year. In honor of this fun day, I’m sharing our favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! This is by far my favorite Dr. Seuss book, so it’s a good thing my boys like it, too. It never fails to make me a little weepy though. I start thinking about the amazing things my boys will do and then I think about them growing up, and the emotions kick in.
When we read this book, I like to talk about the things they would like to do-
“the places they will go” in life. Since they are only 2 and 4, there is a lot of talk about their interests and the careers that go along with them. For example, my 2 year old loves to pretend that he is a doctor, so I might ask if he thinks that he would like to take care of people some day and help them get better when they are sick. Right now it’s not about mapping out a career path, but rather encouraging them to pursue their interests.
The Lorax I’m sure that one of the biggest reasons my boys like this book so much is because they love the movie, but I’m ok with that. Whatever the reason is, this book packs several powerful life lessons. Of course there are so many conversations to be had about the importance of trees and protecting the environment. We talk about how trees clean the air and that if there were no trees, the air would be smelly and hard to breathe in. There are countless directions you can go with the conservation aspect of this book.
An equally important lesson in this book is the power of one person. In The Lorax it was one person (creature? whatever the Onceler is) to wreck the environment and drive the animals from their homes. At the end of the book, he tosses out the last Truffula seed and says that one person planting one seed could bring back the trees and all of the animals. In the movie, the ending is far more dramatic and heroic, but I like the book. I like that it shows that movements and big change start small. This can open up the door to discuss Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and others who changed the world.
Of course both of these books and the conversations they inspire can stand on their own, but if you are looking for hands-on activities, check out my Dr. Seuss board on Pinterest.
What are your kids’ favorite Dr. Seuss books? Or your favorites, there’s no shame in liking them as an adult. Tell me about them in the comments below!