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Friday, March 2, 2012
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday today by joining book lovers and your local school and public library for Read Across America Day. This year, the National Education Association, a group of more than 3.2 million educators who work to improve public schools, is calling on book lovers around the nation to take up The Lorax, the popular Dr. Seuss children's book published in 1971 about the lovable creature who fights to save the environment. NEA and Lorax's publisher, Random House, also have lesson plans and lots of other materials, resources and printable activities for teachers, parents and kids.
"Read Across America" is being observed this week to encourage children to learn and be entertained through books—not just computers, TV and gaming devices.
1. Dr. Seuss The National Education Association's "Read Across America Day" is observed on March 2, the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss. The first book of Theodor Seuss Geisel was rejected by 30 publishers before he found a publisher. Besides writing, Dr. Seuss was equally accomplished as an illustrator for his books. 2. Margaret Mitchell This year is the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind. Author Margaret Mitchell began her professional writing career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. She wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in the basement apartment of what is now the downtown campus of the Atlanta History Center. Translated into more than 40 languages, her novel still is one of the best-…