Friday, February 28, 2014

All About Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss and His Books

I love Dr. Seuss books.  I can still remember my mother reading "Are You My Mother" to me when I was 4 or 5 years old.  My mom wore a scarf on her head, over her curlers, so she reminded me of the mother bird in the story and my mom's maiden name is Bird.  (I think it's why she liked this book so much.)  My mother now has Alzheimer's and I have read it to her a few times, reminding her that she read it to me when I was a child.  I've also read this same book to my own children and students for years.  All I can say is Hip, Hip, Hooray for Dr. Seuss Day - Sunday, March 2 (National Read Across America Day) or (Dr. Seuss Day) 2014.

The following is contributed by  a "must visit" site for book lovers and librarians.
Cover art of The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Amazing Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and his children's books have had a lasting impact on children's literature. If you'd like to know more about this extraordinary man and his books, from his groundbreaking beginning readers The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham to his extraordinary picture books, take a look the resources listed below:

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr. Seuss Books

Related Dr. Seuss Features

Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Gathering Blue" - I just finished reading this remarkable novel by Lois Lowry to my 14 year old son.  We both loved it.  He read some of the time and I read some of the time, since his reading skills are a bit behind.  I won't give an account or summary of the story, just to say that it isn't a sequel to The Giver, but a companion book, a similar story of a dystopian society of poverty on the outside of the capital and excess on the inside.  This book is perfect for children aged 10 and older.  A must read for both boys and girls.  This is also a great discussion book for English and Literature Art classes about so many subjects such as disabilities, loneliness, hope, strength, talents, kindness, poverty and so much more.

This web site has thought provoking discussion questions for each chapter, further reading and research options and more.


BY Elizabeth Kennedy

February 1 - Birthday of Author Jerry Spinelli
  • Stargirl - Award-winning novel for ages 10 to young teens about responding to bullying and peer pressure
February 1 - Birthday of Poet Langston Hughes
  • Book Review: My People - Sepia-toned portraits by photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr. give added meaning to the poem by Langston Hughes
February 2 - Groundhog Day
February 5 – Birthday of Author and Illustrator David Wiesner
February 7 - February 23 - Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
February 7 - Birthday of Author Laura Ingalls Wilder
February 8 – Birthday of Author Anne Rockwell
  • 100 Days of School - One of a number of picture books about Mrs. Madoff’s elementary school class by Anne Rockwell, with illustrations by Lizzy Rockwell
February 10 – Birthday of Author E.L. Konigsburg
February 10 - Birthday of Illustrator Mark Teague
February 11 – Birthday of Author and Illustrator Mo Willems
February 11 - Birthday of Author and Poet Jane Yolen
February 12 - Abraham Lincoln born on this day in 1809.
February 12 - Birthday of Author Jacqueline Woodson
February 13 - Birth Date of Author and Illustrator Simms Taback
February 14 - Valentine’s Day
February 14 – Birthday of Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Z is for Moose - Funny alphabet story by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Zelinsky
February 15 – Birthday of Norman Bridwell
February 17 – Presidents' Day
February 18 - Birthday of Author Barbara Jossee
February 19 - Birthday of Jeff Kinney, Creator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
February 19 – Birth Date of Louis Slobodkin
  • The Hundred Dresses - Short children’s novel about bullying by Eleanor Estes, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
February 24 - Birthday of Wilhelm Carl Grimm
February 28 – Birthday of Lemony Snicket
February 28 – Birthday of Author Megan McDonald


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