Read Across America Day Fun for Families

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and each year the NEA (National Education Association) celebrates Read Across America Day in his honor.  We like to take this week to celebrate all things Seuss. Most years there are multiple events around town. However, even when you can’t find fun events, you can create your own family fun with Seuss-related activities.

We want to hear your ideas. If you know of any Read Across America celebrations that we’ve missed or you have a great idea for celebrating at home, leave us a message and we’ll add it to this article to share with the community.  Or, we love to discovery hidden gems. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book and why.

Read Across America Events & Outings

  • March 1, 2021: For those in the Northwest Metro, Becker library will have an all-day Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration including a striped hat scavenger hunt, shredded book challenge and fishy guessing game. Best for ages 3 and up.
  • March 2, 2021; 10am-10:30am: Mall of America’s Toddler Tuesdays at Home: National Read Across America Day! Join a virtual Cat in the Hat story time and craft. Stop by TOYS Store in the MOA between February 25th and March 1st, to pick up a Fun Pack to enhance your at-home experience.
  • Visit East Lake Library in Minneapolis to view the window artwork, Pages by Janet Lofquist. See if you can find the Dr. Seuss quotes hidden among quotes from other famous writers.  Or visit any Twin Cities library to find a new favorite Dr. Seuss book. We ended up buying The Sneetches after borrowing it from the library.
You can pick up a copy of The Sneetches at the Library
You can pick up a copy of The Sneetches at the Library
  • Visit Little Free Library #7770 in St. Anthony. Its Dr. Seuss theme earned it a place of honor among Seuss-inspired LFL’s around the country. Find it on Hilldale Avenue, just east of Silver Lake Road.

6 Ideas for Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday At Home

  1. Make a Seuss-inspired Craft. Check out these 24 Cat in the Hat Crafts from Non-Toy Gifts. Stef from Non-Toy Gifts is a Twin Cities mom who loves to share fun crafts, recycled toy ideas and activities to inspire families and educators. She has pulled together her favorite Seuss craft ideas from around the web.  Start here if you want to find crafts to do together.
  2. Make Blue Tongues. When Children’s Theatre Company last showed The Cat in the Hat, we learned that the actors who played Thing 1 and Thing 2 got their blue tongues by eating blue popsicles.
    Thing 1 and Thing 2 were complete with blue tongues. (The achieved this the same way your kids do — blue popsicles.)
  3. Throw a Birthday Party. Why not? Kids love an excuse for a birthday party. Sprinkle Some Fun offers some fun recipes and games here.
  4. Learn more about Dr. Seuss and his books or just play games at Seussville. (Note: This is one of those instantly noisy websites.  You might not want to open it right after you get the baby to sleep.)
  5. Celebrate with Read Across America. The 2021 Theme is not actually Dr. Seuss, it is to “create & celebrate a nation of diverse readers”. Each month they recommend a new book to encourage diversity. Find the 2020-2021 calendar here.
  6. Read the books! I bet you already have some at home. If not, you can get this box of 20 classics through our Bookshop affiliate link.Dr. Seuss Shop on Bookshop.org
  7. Watch a Seuss TV Special or Movie. There are so many to choose from. We like Green Eggs and Ham, which you can find on YouTube.

 


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