When I talked with Amy Popik from The News-Herald about Read Across America, we mentioned who read Dr. Seuss to us when we were kids. For me, it was my grandma; for her, her mom.
Now, the actual who doesn’t matter so much. It can be an older sibling, parent, cousin, teacher, neighbor, whomever. What matters is that somebody read to us.
And that sort of connection is generational. I share the joy of reading with my child in part because someone shared it with me. And if you hang around long enough at the library, you’ll see parents that used to be story-time children reading to their own kids.
And while we love to celebrate Seuss, we don’t just celebrate his birthday because of his characters, illustrations, rhymes or even the morals that stay true no matter how old you get. (A person is still a person, no matter how small.) We celebrate Seuss because he shared the joy of reading with so many, and he’ll continue to do so for generations to come.
So we hope you joined us for Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Monday. We hope you made a candy Cat-in-the-Hat at our Lake Branch, played Seuss-pendous birthday games at our Headlands Branch, or learned the “Green Eggs & Ham” song from Seussical at our Main Branch.
But if you couldn’t join us Monday, there’s an easy way to make up for it.
Read. Read to someone you love.
Just read. It’s a beautiful gift to give to anyone. And when the opportunity comes, I know whomever you read to will pass that gift along.