“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am”/Read Across America

No doubt you recognize this famous quote from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. We posted it here in honor of his birthday, March 2, 1904.

Born Theodor Seuss Geissel, Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Mass. He attended Dartmouth College and spent some time at Oxford University studying to become a college professor. Bored with his studies, Geissel left Oxford and travelled England.

Upon his return to the U.S., Geissel worked as a cartoonist. After World War II, though, he began writing for a magazine. He eventually began to write and illustrate children’s books. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was the first children’s book he wrote and illustrated that became a commercial success; it was rejected 27 times, though, before a company finally published it.

By the time Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991, he had written and illustrated 44 children’s books. His works are still growing in popularity, and he is still honored at his birthday.

KU’s Read Across America program will be honoring Dr. Seuss, and Read Across America Day, later this month.  Read Across America Day began on March 2, 1998. It was planned to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ birthday to help motivate children to read.

 KU’s volunteer group for “America Reads America Counts” will hold its annual reading event on Saturday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Union Building’s Multipurpose Room.  The event’s theme is based on Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Zoo, and will feature crafts, reading, live animals and more. So bring out your kids, nieces, nephews, and friends, or just bring yourself, and enjoy some reading fun.  Also, volunteers are still needed for this event. For more information on this event, click here.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! And happy anniversary, Read Across America!

-CS

For more information about Dr. Seuss, click here.

For more information about Read Across America, click here.

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