If you happen to come across children speaking in rhyme with blue hair today, it’s not a new fashion trend. It is just part of a country-wide celebration of reading and the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
This year, March 2 is the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the release of a movie based on Seuss’ The Lorax. Schools and libraries across the country are marking the day with Seuss-related activities to encourage the love of reading in children.
Many elementary and preschool classrooms already celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his work and discussing his life, but this year has added a special evening program to share the love reading and the fun Seuss brings to children’s literature.
Elementary School Librarian Melissa McBride and Reading Teacher Alisa Buderman have been planning a special evening filled with Seuss related surprises for the last few months.
McBride said classroom teachers always plan activities around his birthday but this year, she and Buderman decided to “step it up a notch” this year.
“As a librarian, I always do a lot of activities around his birthday in my class,” McBride said.
Tonight at 7 p.m., all Southold students in kindergarten through second grade are invited to attend a special Read Across America event at the elementary school. McBride said they have invited a special mystery reader to read “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” to the children. After the reading, children will be asked to re-imagine the story with the setting of Oaklawn Ave. and make a drawing base on their ideas. They chose this particular book because it is the 75th anniversary of its publishing.
Buderman said they are excited for tonight and are anticipating a great turnout. Some of the children have turned in permission slips already, but the teachers believe this Friday night event will be a huge success.
If you do not have children in elementary school and still want to celebrate Seuss, "The Lorax" movie opens at the this evening with show times at 7:05 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.