If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis.
We can do better! Reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults to add yet another hat to the many they already wear to care for and raise a child. But by adding the reading hat to your collection, you also add great rewards:
- Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school.
- Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills.
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association (NEA) launched the first NEA’s Read Across America Day in 1998. On March 2, 2018, NEA’s Read Across America will mark nineteen years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
So, from coast to coast, teachers, celebrities, community members, and parents are putting aside the many hats they wear for work and play and donning their reading hats, the red and white striped stovepipe hat of the Cat in the Hat.
Here’s 7+ Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Des Moines:
Celebrate Dr. Seuss on February 24th
This is your chance to celebrate with The Cat in the Hat! Join the Friends of the Indianola Public Library at the First United Methodist Church for green eggs and ham, games, stories, crafts, and meet The Cat in the Hat himself! Registration requested. To register, please call the Indianola Public Library at 515-961-9418 by Wednesday, Feb. 21st.
In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2nd, local Barnes & Nobles will host a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities and more. Don’t miss hearing “The Cat in the Hat” at this fun-filled Storytime at 11:00 am.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss on March 2nd
What better place to celebrate reading than at the North Side Library? Join them throughout the day in the Children’s Area for a Seussical themed craft!
The Urbandale Public Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the help of their friends from the Urbandale Police Department. Make a 1 Fish, 2 Fish Parfait, enjoy some of Seuss’s best stories and get hands-on with crafts and activities. Target Audience: Ages 2-7, siblings welcome. Please register each child who will participate online or by calling 515-278-3945.
Book Warehouse Des Moines is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with the Cat in the Hat! Visit them at The Outlets of Des Moines for a reading of one of Dr. Seuss’ books followed by an activity. They will have coupons to hand out from Book Warehouse and Auntie Anne’s to thank you for celebrating with them.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Enjoy Storytime, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday at a local Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Activities start at 6:30 pm.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss on March 6th
Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, is hosted by the Des Moines Education Association. They have a fun party planned at Merle Hay Mall from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in honor of the day. The event will provide FREE children’s activities, games, books and cookies.
If you can’t make it out to one of the events listed, here’s a few other ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with your kids:
- Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character or have a Crazy Hat Day, Wear-Red-and-White Day, Foxiest Socks Day, Pajama Day, Wear-Your-Clothes-Inside-Out Day, etc.
- Cook up some reading fun by making some Dr. Seuss inspired dishes. Here’s a few to try: Cat in the Hat Cookies, 1 Fish 2 Fish Jello Cups, or Truffula Tree Cupcakes.
- Celebrate with some Dr. Seuss themed yoga by Go Go Yoga for Kids.
- Watch “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!”. Weekdays at 8:00 am on IPTV.
- Visit Seussville by Random House to find fun Dr. Seuss themed printables, activities and more.
- Plan a field trip to your local library or bookstore at a more convenient time.
- Read your favorite Dr. Seuss book out loud together. It’s hard not to join in on a reading of a Dr. Seuss book. His inviting rhymes and rhythms are hard to resist!
- Start a reading log or set some new reading goals. There’s no better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
How are you going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Let us know in the comments below!