Read Across America Events to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

Thursday, March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss! To celebrate his books and encourage reading, numerous Read Across America events are taking place across the country. This is the 20th year of Read Across America Day, which was started by the National Education Association (NEA). Have fun with the wacky rhymes of Dr. Seuss at these events in the western suburbs of Chicago!

Has anyone read this one? It was a favorite in our house growing up and my kids love it too!


Read Across America Events

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime
February 25, 2017 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2nd, Barnes and Noble in Oak Brook is hosting a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities and more.

Read Across America Day Read and Hike
March 2, 2017 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Read “The Lorax” with a ranger at the Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove and then taking a guided hike. This event is for ages 10 and under with an adult and registration is required.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration
March 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday, join Barnes and Noble in Oak Brook as they read from some recently released and classic favorite Seuss books. There will be games and activities featuring Dr. Seuss’s March Battle of the Books.

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Kids Night Out- Seuss Day
March 3, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy the night out while your children celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Naperville Park District! Your children will participate in a rhyme challenge, participate in a one foot- two foot hunt to find thing one and thing two, play a giant game of Twister, and more! Dinner and juice will be provided. Registration is required.

Read Across America
March 4, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come read about the adventures of the flying squirrels, Al and Sal, and their friends during this free children’s event at the Museums at Lisle Station Park. The suggested audience is children from preschool through fifth grade.


This poem was found on the NEA website and reproduced below for your enjoyment!

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

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