Born on March 2, Dr. Seuss is the beloved author who brought us such favorite characters as the Grinch, Horton, and the Cat in the Hat. Join us for fun-filled activities in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!
Alphabet Seuss Special: Happy Birthday!
Stories, songs and activites to celebrate Dr. Seuss! Ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome.
Headquarters Library, Tuesday, February 28, 9:30-10:00
England Run Branch, Wednesday, March 1, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30
Porter Branch, Friday, March 3, 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00
Salem Church Branch, Friday, March 3, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30
Celebrate Seuss! Read Across America
Fun-filled activities in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday! Refreshments will be served. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Headquarters Library, Thursday, March 2, 5:00-6:30
In partnership with Fredericksburg Education Association and James Monroe High School's chapter of the National Honor Society.
England Run Branch, Saturday, March 4, 12:00-2:00
In partnership with Hartwood Elementary School.
Porter Branch, Saturday, March 4, 10:00-12:00
In partnership with Mountain View High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club.
Salem Church Branch, Saturday, March 4, 12:00-2:00
In partnership with Spotsylvania Education Association.
Here are some activities to do to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday all month long:
- Of course, read Dr. Seuss' books!
- Download The Cat in the Hat audiobook, and listen to it with your family.
- Explore some of the fun activities on our Celebrate Seuss! Pinterest Board.
- Play games online at Seussville. There are things to print out, too!
- Make one of the Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, or play a game from About.com
- Make green eggs and ham for dinner or another recipe from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook. Click here for other ideas.
- Have a contest to see who can speak in rhyme the longest.
- And, remember, you can celebrate Dr. Seuss any day. "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one!"
Who was Dr. Seuss?
Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel, and he was born on March 2, 1904. He started writing under the name "Dr. Seuss" while he was in college and continued to do so afterwards. Geisel was an illustrator for magazines and a political cartoonist for newspapers during World War II. The first book he wrote was And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street in 1937. He wrote several more in the 50s, such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and If I Ran the Circus. In 1954, Geisel was challenged to write a beginning children's book using just 250 pre-selected words. After several months of work, he produced The Cat in the Hat, which is one of his most famous works.
Learn more about this popular author by enjoying the following biographies for children.
In Search of Dr. Seuss (DVD)
The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull
Dr. Seuss by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler by Kate Klimo
Oh, the Places He Went: A Story About Dr. Seuss—Theodore Seuss Geisel by Maryann N. Weidt
Photo Credit: Ted Geisel NYWTS 2 crop.jpg by Al Ravenna, New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer, via Wikimedia Commons