Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, may have passed away in 1991, but his illustrations, clever rhymes, and poignant stories live on. In honor of his birthday, Mar. 2, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors Read Across America Day. All around the country, schools, libraries, and parents help celebrate reading by bringing together kids of all ages with great books. But we have an even closer connection to the author. He settled in Southern California after WWII so in addition to reading with your kids, here are a few more ways to celebrate the late, utterly great Dr. Seuss and all the wonderful worlds he created.
Walk of Fame
Located on the south side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Blvd., Dr. Seuss’ star is sure to be decorated in honor of the author on Mar. 2. Take your littles to the sidewalk star for the perfect photo op in honor of his 114th birthday.
Get Seuss-aliciously Crafty
Dr. Seuss’ publisher, Random House, maintains Seussville, an homage to all things Seuss. Check out everything from a Cat in the Hat parfait recipe to a Seuss dance party here.
Make Green Eggs and Ham
Have a food processor? A tablespoon of kale or collards minced in with some eggs before scrambling makes for some great green eggs. Pair it up with some ham and you have yourself a classic Seuss meal.
Visit The Geisel Library
Geisel moved to La Jolla, CA after World War II. The Dr. Seuss Collection at the Geisel Library (located at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla) is the home to the world’s largest collection of Seuss items. Manuscripts, drawings, notebooks, photographs and much more are housed there. And though the collection is reserved for researchers, guests can view changing exhibits during his birth month in a building reminiscent of one of Geisel’s illustrations. There’s also a life-sized statue of the original Geisel sitting at a writing desk next to a 7-foot, bronze statue of The Cat in the Hat.
Visit The Lorax Tree
Also located in La Jolla is what’s come to be called The Lorax Tree, a rare Monterey Cypress. Though Seuss invented the Truffula species, the cypress was clearly visible in Scripps Park from the observation tower in which he lived for the latter half of his life. (Sorry, visits to the Geisel residence aren’t permitted).
Visit Legends Gallery
Legends Gallery houses a Seuss-related exhibit, including “taxidermy heads” of noteworthy Seuss characters, information on his influences, work and artistic process.
Read Dr. Seuss!
And of course, there’s nothing better than reading some of your favorite Seuss classics with your kids. Rest assured there’s nothing the doctor himself would have liked better. “You have em, I’ll entertain em!” he was famously quoted.
How are you going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Let us know in the comments below!
—Jamie Hall Ramirez