From staff reports
The Louisville Municipal School District celebrated Dr. Seuss’s 108 birthday by hosting dozen of community readers to read to children in the classrooms.
The school staff under the direction of Dinah Smith recruited public officials, retired teachers, librarians, community leaders, and others to read to children and express the importance of reading. Over 45 citizens turned out to read to the children for the event. According to NEA, Read Across America Day is the organization’s signature literacy effort to help children develop a love of reading during their early years.
Louisville Mayor Will Hill signed a proclamation recognizing the day as Read Across American Day and after reading a book to the children discussed his role as Mayor in the community.
History of Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. To please his father, who wanted him to be a college professor, Geisel went on to Oxford University in England after graduation. However, his academic studies bored him, and he decided to tour Europe instead. Oxford did provide him the opportunity to meet a classmate, Helen Palmer, who not only became his first wife, but also a children’s author and book editor.
At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including such all-time favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.
Besides the books, his works have provided the source for eleven children’s television specials, a Broadway musical and a feature-length motion picture. Other major motion pictures are on the way.
His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize