A Roundup of Dr. Seuss Activities for Read Across America Day

March 2nd is the much-anticipated Read Across America Day! It also happens to be the birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Now, I’ve got a little confession. I’m a total Dr. Seuss enthusiast. The crazy made-up words and wacky characters? Absolutely my jam! So, when I became a librarian, celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday became an annual thing for me and my students.

Over the years, I’ve cooked up all sorts of fun. From poster contests and trivia games to roping in some awesome guest readers, I’ve done it all. Oh, I can’t forget about the spirit days. They’re a blast!

I’m not keeping all these awesome ideas to myself. Nope! This blog post is a mix of my adventures and some genius suggestions from my Staying Cool in the Library Facebook group. If you’re not part of it yet, I would love for you to join me and 3,000+ fellow school librarians. It’s a community built on a love for reading, helping our students, and helping each other be our best librarian selves!

Let’s dive into this collection of activities that would make Dr. Seuss proud!

Dr. Seuss Activities for Read Across America Day

Below, we are going to chat about exciting activities centered around Dr. Suess for Read Across America Day. These are just a handful of ideas, but you can visit my Read Across America – Dr. Suess Pinterest board for even more ideas!

Read Across America Day Cat in the Hat Book Display

This fabulous idea I stumbled upon made my whole face light up! It’s a fantastic Cat in the Hat book display, a true Dr. Seuss classic. I wish I could give a shoutout to the genius who came up with this, but it’s one of those Pinterest treasures with an elusive origin.

I’ve scoured the internet, but the mystery creator remains unknown. If, by any chance, you happen to know the creative mind behind this masterpiece, I’m all ears!

A whimsical Cat in the Hat display that adds a touch of Seussian magic to your library space. The vibrant red and white stripes, those mischievous eyes – it’s a showstopper! Plus, it doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. I would find a table near my desk or by the door of the library. Select books that have red or white spines that are similar in size to make the top of the hat.

Then, I would stack two stacks of the same size next to each other to create the brim of the hat. For the face, I’d find books that are the same size and width. The page side of the book will face out. Then I’d attach some eyes, whiskers, a smile, a bow, and voila! You have your own Cat in the Hat!

Dr. Suess Door Display for Read Across America Day

Now, here’s another gem I stumbled upon, and this time, I’ve got the source! All credits go to the creative minds at Teaching My Friends. They’ve whipped up a door display that’s not only a breeze to put together but also guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes door displays can be overwhelming to start. With this one, all you need is some red and white paper and some markers. Alternate white and red until you have 11 rows, so you can write down a line of the I Will Read! poem on each one.

If you want to add more to your door display, draw or print out images of Dr. Seuss characters or book covers to tie it all together! I know when I have done similar door displays and even window displays, my students’ faces light up when they recognize a book title or character.

Cat in the Hat STEM Challenge

STEM Challenge from Little Bins.

Looking for a delightful twist to add to your Read Across America festivities in your center rotations or makerspaces? Check out this ingenious Dr. Seuss STEM challenge – the Cat in the Hat Cup Stacking Challenge, courtesy of Sarah McClelland from Little Bins for Little Hands. The excitement around Dr. Seuss is real, and what better way to celebrate than with a bit of STEM magic inspired by The Cat in the Hat?

Sarah has concocted a simple yet thrilling activity of stacking the cat’s hat! Join the challenge and discover just how tall you can make your hat!

For this particular challenge, all you need are red and white large and small cups, construction or computer paper, and, of course, The Cat In The Hat book. Sarah provides a printable project sheet and challenge cards to guide you through the excitement.

Crafting Adventures with Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go Activity

Looking to infuse a bit of Seussian magic into your Read Across America Day? Dive into the world of crafting with this enchanting Oh, the Places You’ll Go! inspired activity, courtesy of Valerie from Inner Child Fun.

This activity does require some prep, but the payoff is so worth it! Gather your crafting essentials for this adventure. You’ll need brown paper lunch bags, markers, a glue stick, construction paper for your mini suitcase, and 3 x 5 inch index cards. Stamps or stickers are optional, but add a sprinkle of extra flair if desired. Hook and loop stickers are also optional, but secure the folded paper bag into thirds.

Now that we have the essentials, it’s time to fold the paper bag into thirds. Then, secure it with hook and loop stickers for that added touch of closure. Attach a construction paper suitcase handle and index cards, each labeled with “Where I’m Going,” “What I’m Bringing,” and “Why I’ll Be There,” using the trusty glue stick. Let your students draw pictures, glue brochures or maps, or jot down explanations on each index card. Transform the suitcase into a mini vision board for exciting future adventures!

Would You Rather Dr. Seuss Style

Would You Rather Game

Prepare for a Seuss-tastic adventure with the Dr. Seuss inspired Would You Rather Game from Inspiration Laboratories! Trisha, the creative mind behind this delightful game, understands the joy that a good round of “Would You Rather” brings to kids. These games are fantastic conversation starters that get your students up and chatting.

The inspiration for this game comes straight from the whimsical pages of Dr. Seuss’ Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? In this playful book, Dr. Seuss poses a series of zany questions. Such as choosing between being a cat or a dog to more eccentric options like soda and stinky cheese. It’s a hilarious journey that sparks imagination and laughter.

Now, let’s dive into Trisha’s Would You Rather Game! This game mirrors the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ questions, with two choices on each card. Trisha has kept it grounded by selecting real objects and characters, steering away from the fantastical.

Getting Active with Dr. Seuss!

Teaming up with P.E. for Read Across America Day is a brilliant idea! It adds a dynamic and engaging twist to the celebration. An added bonus is that it involves the entire school in a day filled with literacy and physical activity. A huge shoutout to P.E. Central for providing these fantastic P.E. games that perfectly complement the festivities.

Imagine setting aside a day where all classes come together, breaking away from the traditional routine. Each class gets to experience a variety of P.E. games, creating an atmosphere of fun, laughter, and shared experiences. It’s a unique approach that promotes physical well-being but also fosters a sense of unity and school spirit.

This collaboration between the library and P.E. brings an inclusive touch to Read Across America Day. It’s a celebration of the entire school community coming together for a day of active learning and joy. Kudos to your school for embracing this creative and energetic approach to literacy!

What Pet Should I Get? Activity for Read Across America Day

Celebrate the excitement of Dr. Seuss’ book, What Pet Should I Get? with a delightful guessing game activity from Play, Teach, Repeat! If you haven’t already heard the news about this particular Dr. Seuss book, it’s time to dive into the whimsical world of decision-making about pets.

After reading the book, lay out all the animals from the Safari Ltd. Pets Toob. Examine them, discuss their different features (tails, big ears, fur), and ponder if they’d make good or bad pets.

Next, hide only one of the animals inside the container, which represents the basket at the end of the book. Let each of your students feel around and decide which pet they think is hiding inside! It’s a tricky, yet enjoyable guessing game that adds a playful touch to the story.

For older kids, you can modify the game by skipping the feeling inside part and opting for a fun game of 20 questions. This variation works great for a whole class setting. As the school librarian, you would answer 20 questions before revealing the animal inside the box.

Hot Off the Iron – Perler Bead Cat in the Hat Bookmarks

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America week, Happy Messy Moments. has a fantastic DIY project to share. They’ve crafted perler bead bookmarks inspired by “The Cat in the Hat.”

This charming Cat in the Hat bookmark not only serves as a lovely accessory for young readers but also encourages them to dive into the world of books during Read Across America Week.

You’ll need to gather your supplies for this delightful bookmark craft. Supplies include perler beads (20 Red and 17 White), a peg board, an iron sheet, an iron, a popsicle stick, and a glue gun. Depending on the size of your group, this could take a bit of time. If possible, have multiple glue guns and irons with an extra pair of adult hands. Do not let your students attempt the glue gun!

So, let the perler bead crafting begin. May this whimsical bookmark inspire little ones to embark on many exciting reading adventures!

Read Across America Day Cause and Effect

I love this anchor chart from Mrs. Richardson’s Class to teach cause and effect with the Lorax. The vibrant and engaging design not only captures attention but also serves as an effective tool for exploring the cause-and-effect relationships within Dr. Seuss’s beloved story, the Lorax. It brings the Lorax’s environmental message to life, helping students grasp the interconnectedness of actions and consequences in a fun and memorable way.

Enhance the learning experience with this fantastic free printable cause and effect matching game from Inspiration Laboratories that perfectly complements the engaging anchor chart from Mrs. Richardson’s Class. This matching game serves as an interactive and enjoyable activity to reinforce the concepts of cause and effect introduced through the Lorax story.

The carefully designed printable offers a hands-on approach, allowing students to actively participate in identifying and connecting cause and effect relationships. Download and print this free game to make learning about cause and effect informative and also loads of fun!

Theodore Seuss Geisel Author Study

In my school library, Read Across America Day becomes an exciting celebration of the life and works of Dr. Seuss. To make this day truly special, I incorporate engaging activities that dive into the fascinating author study of Theodore Seuss Geisel, and this product has become an invaluable resource.

The package includes a one-page biography of Dr. Seuss’ life. The set of 24 multiple-choice task cards provides an interactive way for students to review key aspects of Dr. Seuss’ life and glean interesting facts from his beloved books.

As school librarians, we work with all grade levels and abilities. I use the included reader that covers the same biographical information for my younger students.

To support a comprehensive author study, the product features six pages of graphic organizers and a reading log that perfectly complements the exploration of Dr. Seuss’s literary legacy. I make sure to use the biography during our read-aloud sessions. This way, younger students can actively participate and enjoy the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s remarkable contributions to children’s literature.

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Embrace the Whimsical with Dr. Seuss

As we eagerly approach Read Across America Day, the anticipation for celebrating the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss is palpable. I’ve shared creative ideas and resources, each contributing to the magic of commemorating Theodore Seuss Geisel’s literary legacy. From engaging crafts like Cat in the Hat bookmarks and perler bead creations to educational games and activities that weave seamlessly into the school day, the joy of Dr. Seuss’s stories comes to life.

The collection also showcases the collaborative spirit, bringing together the expertise of educators, bloggers, and creators who share a passion for fostering a love of reading. These initiatives not only honor Read Across America but also pay tribute to the timeless impact of Dr. Seuss on generations of young readers. As we embark on this literary celebration, may the spirit of Dr. Seuss continue to inspire curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love for the enchanting world of books.

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