Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books and Activities for Read Across America

Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books and Activities for #ReadAcrossAmerica

Have you heard of Read Across America, a year round literacy campaign that culminates on March 2 (TODAY!) — the birthday of Dr. Seuss?

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I am thrilled to bring you resources to hold your own Reading Event today including:

  • a list of my Top 10 Favorite Dr. Seuss books
  • Read Across America Classroom Activity Guide
  • Read Across America Classroom Poster

The official book for Read Across America is Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, which coincides with the book’s 25th anniversary!

Oh The Places You'll Go Dr. Seuss Read Across America

Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books for Kids

10. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

This is one of my favorite books to gift. It works beautifully as a graduation present for any kind of school: preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, college, and even graduate school! I also like to gift it to a colleague at work who’s leaving for greener pastures.

This is the graduation set of the book:

9. The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’ Wacky Book of Opposites by Dr. Seuss

I used to plop my toddler in my lap and flop his or her feet according what was happening on the each page of The Foot Book. All of my kids delighted in this!

Reading Confetti has 7 great activities to go with The Foot Book!

8. Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg

I’m not sure why Dr. Seuss had another alias (his real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel– The Geisel Award for Best Easy Reader is named for him), but I like that he did! And Ten Apples Up on Top! continues to delight my kids … and it’s a fun bonus that they also are learning how to count! My favorite part is when the animals break into the apartment and get chased out with their apples still intact on their heads!

Sing this book set to the melody of Jason Martz’ song I’m Yours.

7. Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss

I can not sit in front of fried fish at a dinner table without saying, “Finney’s freshest fish, French fried.” I attribute this to my son who made me read this tongue twister book over and over again for years as fast as I could. I think I have about half the book memorized. Even though I got pretty fast at reading this book and really did try my hardest, I was never as fast as this woman who is truly amazing. My (stripe-y top) hat is off to her!

6. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg

I loved this book when I has a child and it thrills me no end that all three of my kids love it too. The bullying component shows how timeless Dr. Seuss’ themes are and the fantasy for dealing with bullies makes for great fun and an unexpected realization.

You can turn this book into a Readers’ Theater with two kids with this script from WorkNotes.

5. Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

I love that the page-boy saves the day when the king gets what he wishes for, and then some! After you read this book with kids, you absolutely must make oobleck!

Here’s the recipe from Steve Spangler Science.  This Gak recipe calls for glue and Borax but I think it’s more like the Oobleck in the book than the cornstarch and water recipe that also gets described as Oobleck but doesn’t that have sticky, tacky quality.

Steve Spangler Science Oobleck Gak recipe

4. If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

Mr. Gerald McGrew deserves to have his own zoo after he imagines a much more exciting zoo than the one he’s standing in front of. Isn’t that just like a kid? And how wonderfully arrogant kids are in thinking they can do much better than an adult! I love that!

What animals would YOU have if you ran the zoo? Here’s a great printable for kids!

3. The Sneeches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Do you think the cause of all wars can be explained via star bellied versus plain sneeches?  The Sneetches was intended by Seuss as a satire of discrimination between races and cultures, and was specifically inspired by his opposition to antisemitism. from Wikipedia

Here’s a great teacher’s guide for using The Sneeches to discuss prejudice and discrimination with children from Teaching Children Philosophy.

2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Amazing prescient and more relevant than ever. I am always glad when my kids actually get the environmental message and look duly concerned. If not them, than who to save our fragile planet? This is a perfect book to read for Earth Day, April 22nd.

Seussville has the Lorax Project in the Classroom with a discussion guide and lots of activities including printables.

1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

How can any child grow up without knowing this classic? It’s part of our culture, I think, to know about the grinch. My favorite quote:

And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew THREE sizes that day. And then the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches plus two.

It is important to note that the Grinch’s heart was originally “two sizes too small.” So now, his heart is a size bigger than normal!

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Please share!

National Education Association NEA Hats off to Reading Dr. Seuss

I was thrilled to find Hats off to Reading at the airport in Houston, Texas! 

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss Enterprises in partnership with NEA’s Read Across America will offer a Kids You’ll move Mountains! STEAM Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship includes a trip to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park and a once-in-a-lifetime ride on the Goodyear Blimp!  For official rules go to KidsMovingMountains.com!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

17 Comments

  1. When I sorted my kids’ bookshelves last year and had to pack some books away, I wasn’t able to do so with the whole collection of Dr. Seuss’s books. They are such a perfect mix of fun and yet true life tips that it’s no wonder kids still like these books, even in 2015.
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  2. Happy Read Across America day! A fire fighter captain read “The Lorax” to Lily’s class this morning 🙂
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  3. Hooray for Dr. Seuss! So many ways to apply the books across the curriculum. We are studying balance with preschoolers in science. Great time to make some oobleck too!
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  4. Nice post. I love this day. When I worked for the Air Force, we always participated in the big event. At Wright-Patterson AFB we always invited thousands of kids to the US Air Force Museum and had the military (including general officers) reading to groups of kids scattered all over the huge museum. One of my favorite events. I’m glad you highlighted a variety of Dr. Seuss books today.
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  5. And to think that we will soon be reading a brand new story by Dr. Seuss My grown kids and grandkids are all so excited about this!

  6. Great collection to share with the #KidLitBlogHop ! Love, love, love these books and the activities and suggestions are a great bonus.

  7. Literate For Life

    When I worked in a school, this was one of my favorite days. I loved dressing up like Cat In The Hat. I like your book selections along with videos. Such fun. For me, you can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss. 🙂 I came via Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    Pamela – Literate For Life
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  8. You know I love ALL of your book lists, Mia! I had so much fun last week making green eggs and ham (the kids had to predict if they thought they would like them or not) and teaching the kids about Dr. Seuss! See you back at the Kid Lit Blog Hop mid-month!
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