Monday, March 2, 2009

Today's Kool Idea: Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

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This is an extra-special day for those of us at The Daily Kool. Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel), arguably the most beloved children's book author of all time, was born 105 years ago in Springfield Massachusetts. To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, the National Education Association is sponsoring its 12th annual Read Across America event. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers, and more participate by bringing together kids and books for this special reading event. Dr. Seuss's imaginative, whimsical and endearing books have instilled a love of reading for generations of children.

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America, The Daily Kool would like you to join us in our commitment to read with a child today. With inspired rhymes and inventive illustrations, Dr. Seuss books are the perfect gift to delight and encourage young readers. The Daily Kool family will be celebrating Read Across America by taking some time this morning at a Books, Blankets and Bagels event at our children's school. Imagine...a picnic breakfast, book exchange and community storytime...well worth taking a break from work to enjoy reading with our kids.

Our children are so excited about our
Read Across America event; however, which book to read has inspired quite the controversy in our household. We all have our favorite Dr. Seuss book, and since there are 44 options to choose from, our children are in a heated debate as to which is the absolute best Dr. Seuss book of all time. We finally got the list down to our personal top three...

This book is a collection of four stories of Dr. Seuss's most winning stories; the Sneetches is by far the most popular in our family. An unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, Dr. Seuss demonstrates the absurdity of stereotypes with this charming story. A tale of the "haves" and "have-nots", the Sneetches are bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly.

Gerald McBoing Boing has personal meaning to our family. It is about a young boy who has a difficult time fitting in because he cannot speak words...he can only make sounds. No one understands him and he feels left out just because he is different. Dr. Seuss teaches us how our quirks make us special when Gerald becomes successful and famous after enduring ridicule and scorn.

It's the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday To can this not be one of our top picks? The great Birthday Honk Honker bird guides us through the kind of special journey we all deserve, just for being born. Dr. Seuss gives us such a positive and creatively expressed message that everyone should be spoiled rotten at least one day a year!

Please join The Daily Kool in celebrating
Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America! Pick your favorite childhood Dr. Seuss book and read it to your loved ones. Have a party with Horton in The Jungle of Nool, practice your best Cat in the Hat tricks and ask your kids about the "Place You Will Go" when they grow up. Have birthday cake for breakfast and Green Eggs and Ham for dessert. Whatever you do today, celebrate life with your kids, Seuss style. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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