Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading that falls this year on March 2, 2016, which is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. There are lots of ways that you and your child can celebrate your love of books and reading along with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, from attending a local event, reading your favorite book, or making a Dr. Seuss craft. Some ideas are listed below.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration Storytime at Barnes and Noble
Saturday, February 27th, 11:00 a.m.
Many area Barnes and Noble stores are having a Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration Storytime. Check to see if your local store is hosting this fun celebration where your child can pin the tail on Horton and decorate a Cat in the Hat hat.

Dr. Seuss Family Festival at Morris Museum
Saturday, February 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mix up a batch of Oobleck, enjoy readings by the Cat in the Hat, or craft a pet from the new Seuss book, What Pet Would You Get. Plus, two showings of the hilarious play, Seussology will happen in the Theatre. For more information visit the Morris Museum website.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Breakfast at Liberty Hall Museum
Saturday March 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, make their very own Dr. Seuss hat, and even take a picture with silly props and The Cat in the Hat! Reservations are required by February 27th. For more information visit the website.

Public Library Events
Many public libraries in NJ are also celebrating Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, including:

Springfield Public Library
Sunday February 28th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy crafts, face paint, birthday cake, punch, and more (no registration required).

Scotch Plains Public Library
Wednesday March 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Take part in a special storytime followed by free time to play and do a Seuss craft (registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders).

For ideas to celebrate at home check out ideas for Dr. Seuss crafts, games, and other activities click here.

Be sure to also check out our blog on Using Books to Encourage Language Development.