Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, would have been 108-years-old on March 2. In honor of the man who gave us The Cat in the Hat and many other childhood favorites, March 2 is also Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program from the National Education Association (NEA) that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.
This year, Read Across America is going green with The Lorax. The book with the environmental message of sustainability was first published in 1971 and has been made into a new film to be released on March 2.
You can join in Read Across America and the celebration of Dr. Seuss in the following ways:
1) Target’s “Let’s Read Together” Dr. Seuss Storytime: The Lorax
Who: Seuss fans of all ages.
What: Bring the kids to your local Target for Dr. Seuss Storytime to hear a live reading of The Lorax, receive free goody bags, take part in fun activities, and more.
Where: Your local Target:
30 Kingsland Road, Clifton, NJ.
632 Route 46 E, Fairfield, NJ.
2235 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ
When: Saturday, February 25 between 9 am and 11 am.
2) Make a pledge to read by clicking here.
3) Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
Who: Kids ages 4 – 6.
What: Hip, hip, hooray for Dr. Seuss! Bring your blankets and your imaginations as we prepare to enter a world of mixed-up and silly creatures, where the weird and wacky are normal. We will read Seuss stories and celebrate with birthday cake!
Where: Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ.
When: Saturday, March 1 from 4 pm – 5:15 pm
Cost: $10. Call 908.766.2489 for more information.
4) See the movie!
5) Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
Who: Toddlers and little kids.
What: Join an all-weekend celebration of Dr. Seuss
Where: New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ
When: Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 from 11:45 am – 3:45 pm
Cost: Admission to museum is $10 per person.
6) Make a Lorax craft. We love this idea for a planter or a crown on Little Birdie Secrets.
Who: Fans of Dr. Seuss ages 4 – 10.
What: “Oh, the thinks you can think,” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters such as the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant take the stage in this fun-filled Theatreworks USA musical adventure.
Where: Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
When: Monday, March 26 at 4 pm
Cost: $12. Order tickets here.
9) Watch PBS Kids on Friday, March 1. They will be running the 1st ever Cat in The Hat-A-Thon!
10) Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Who: Ages 5 – 7
What: Join us for this very special “Read Across America” event as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by going green! We will read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and play Truffula Trees Dominos, followed by a “speed-reading” of the tongue-twisting “Green Eggs and Ham!”
Where: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Friday, March 2 at 4 pm
Cost: Free. Registration required. Call 973-744-0500 ext. 2236 to register.
11) Saturday Storytime: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration!
Who: Little kids.
What:A weekly storytime featuring books and crafts. Today’s picks: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration!
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 am.