Rhymes that make eyeballs roll back in their sockets!
Celebrating a truer than true Happy Birthday to… Dr. Seuss!
Born March 2, 1904, wordsmithing, Pulitzer-prize winning, and one of America’s most read authors, Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been a whopping 111 on Monday!
And how do we honor a favorite children’s author? With a national holiday, of course! Read Across America Day a.k.a. Dr. Seuss Day, is an annual reading motivation and awareness program organized by the National Education Association, which calls for every child in every community to celebrate learning and student achievement through, duh, READING!
And for the love of Geisel, read yourself or to your little ones these Seuss selects: Dr Seuss’s ABCs; Fox in Socks; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Foot Book; and of course, Green Eggs and Ham.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new (yes, new!) Seuss find, What Pet Should I Get? – which will be released this July! Rediscovered years after his death, this, and potentially two more manuscripts, will be published and coming to a bookstore near you.
Also, for more wack-tastic, and picture-ful reads, these are handy-dandily available in our catalog:
- Take Away the A, by Michaël Escoffier, in which you can take away the C, and the chair has hair, and without the G, the glove falls in love!
- The lovingly painted Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all Letters by Oliver Jeffers.
- There is always the witty and colorful children’s classic, Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words, by Ann Rand, illustrated by graphic designer Paul Rand.
- To meet the man who first thought to organize all the words he could think of, check out the children’s biography on Mr. Roget, author of the first thesaurus! Read The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet.
Peter Mark Roget was mad for words, but during his life gave lectures on a plethora of subjects including mathematics, philosophy, and physics! If, like me, after reading his delightful story, you decide you’d like to see his original thesaurus, which is organized not alphabetically, but thematically – beginning with Existence, Reality, and Being, our wonderful library has an 1883 edition in our Reference collection. First published in 1852, it was given the most concisely fantastic title of Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged So as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.
As if more needed to be said about this next one! B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures is a recent classic – a picture book that boasts no pictures! Filled with words of different fonts, colors, and sizes, this book forces you to recite a slew of ridiculous words. As was seen by over 2 million YouTube viewers, it’s guaranteed to incite laughter all around!
While on the topic of current bestsellers, now would be the best time to revisit, if you haven’t already, The BFG, by Roald Dahl! Casting and production for the live film adaptation of our Big Friendly Giant is finally underway. With director Steven Spielberg at the helm, 2016 just can’t come soon enough! But rest assured my dear human beans, the time will come.