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What is Read Across America Day?
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program developed by the National Education Association (NEA) that calls for children across the nation to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss Fun Facts ...
- Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904.
- Dr. Seuss attended both Dartmouth College and Oxford University.
- Before he became famous, Dr. Seuss published cartoons and humorous articles for major magazines such as Life and Vanity Fair.
- Dr. Suess's first taste of fame came when he gained national exposure for winning an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.
- Dr. Seuss came up with the idea for his first children's book in 1936 while on vacation.
- During World War II, Dr. Seuss joined the Army and was sent to Hollywood where he wrote documentaries for the military.
- Responding to a report on illiteracy among schoolchildren in 1954, Dr. Suess's publisher at Life magazine sent him a list of 400 words he felt were important for school children to learn. He later cut the list to 250 words and asked Dr. Suess to write an entertaining children's book using 225 of the words given to him, and thus, The Cat in the Hat was born. The book became an instant success.
- Dr. Seuss won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, he also authored and illustrated 44 children's books.
- Though Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, his legacy lives on by inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.
(Facts Courtesy of Random House via NEA.org.)