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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

It's time again to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  The hero of many early readers!  During this time of year, many schools celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.  But how did it all begin?  So glad you asked!  It all began in 1997, when a small reading task force at the National Education Association were sitting around brainstorming ways to have kids get excited about read.  After all, there are pep rallies and tailgating to get people excited about football, so why not create a celebration about reading?  So from that small seed, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen, began on March 2, 1998.

So why am I telling you this?  Because the Roselle Public Library has lots of Dr. Seuss picture books and easy readers. These books offer families ways to come together and celebrate their favorite silly tales created by the masterful writer. 

Did you know that you can find many activities to go along with these books?  Some range from cooking, to art, to science.  Let me offer you a few suggestions.

One of my favorite activities (and I guarantee it will be a kid's favorite too) is based off the book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. It's a story about Bartholomew Cubbins, who creates a sticky greenish substance that comes down from the sky when the King orders him to create something other than rain, snow, sun or fog.  Get ready for the fun science part!  Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid.  Say what?  What that means, is it acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is acting on it.  (Oh, that makes sense now!)  Grab some with your hand and it will ooze out through your fingers.  How awesome is that!  Come in and check this book out.  Then check out the recipe!

"That Sam-I-Am, that Sam-I-Am, I do not like that Sam-I-Am!"  "Do you like green eggs and ham?"  Well do you?  This fun book of rhymes is still one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books.  There are so many things to do with this book.  Reading Rockets has some wonderful activities for this book which expose children to fiction and nonfiction text.   If you have not gone to this website, you need too.  It's a FABULOUS resource for parents on the benefits of reading.  Then after visiting the site, come on over to the Roselle Public Library to pick up one (or two, three, four....) of their wonderful book suggestions.  Of course, one idea that just screams to be answered is:  Do you like green eggs and ham?  So of course I found you the recipe!  If you enjoy that recipe, there are plenty of other recipes to create together based off of a variety of Dr. Seuss books or characters. 

The Cat in the Hat  is probably Dr. Seuss's most famous character.  His antics were so crazy, another book was created about him!  Well, you can have some fun antics of your own that include the science of gravity.  How about making the cat's hat?  How high do you think you can stack cups without having them fall?  This idea from the website,  It has several other science ideas to go along with other Dr. Seuss books that are available at our wonderful public library. 

While this week begins Read Across America celebration, remember it's always a celebration of reading at the Roselle Public Library. 


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