CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It was a day of fun and adventure through reading as the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated Reading Day on March 2, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday. Librarians and staff members of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library visited the ECDC and read books to preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders, all while dressed as characters from one of Seuss’s most popular books, “Cat in the Hat.”
“One of the main goals of this event is to plant the seed of a love of reading in these kids,” said Patricia Hernandez, a Library Associate with the Bell Library. “They have proven studies showing kids who were either read to a lot or read on their own do better in school.”
Library staff read books like “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
“My favorite part was when they read ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’” said first grade student, Lus Carlos. “I liked when Sam was running away from the other Sam and then at the end, he tried the eggs and the ham and liked them.”
After the readings, the children and staff joined together to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss. Children also posed for pictures with a large Dr. Seuss-themed frame.
“The response from the children was amazing,” said Dr. Catherine Rudowsky, Director of the Bell Library. “In some books with a lot of repetition, like ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ the kids started repeating some of the common words and you could tell they were really paying attention.”
Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is one of America’s most popular illustrators and writers of children’s books. He was born on March 2, 1904, and died in 1991. During his lifetime, he sold more than 600 million copies of his books and his works have been translated into more than 20 different languages.
“Dr. Seuss had a way of connecting with children through imagination and rhyming,” said Rudowsky. “He is a gateway that allows us to get young kids involved in reading, which is a skill that will be used for the rest of their lives.”