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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday to Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, who would have been 108 today!

Every year on his birthday, Dr. Seuss gets a lot of attention, in part because Read Across America Day is held today in honor of Dr. Seuss. To celebrate his birthday and Read Across America, the EW Library is partnering with the MHS Library and local businesses in the Rock and Read Marathon. This continuous stream of student reading will be going on all weekend long at the Edmonds Bookshop near the circle in downtown Edmonds. Students will be rocking in rocking chairs in the window of the bookshop and reading books 24 hours a day, starting Friday, March 2nd, at 11AM, through Sunday, March 4th, at 4:30PM.

“This year, Dr. Seuss is garnering even more attention than normal because the movie version of The Lorax is being released today. Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, The Lorax is a 3-D CGI film that stars Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift and Betty White. Some of the stars have been featured in videos for Read Across America Day and are appearing at events today.

And there’s another reason to celebrate Dr. Seuss now: March 12 is the 55th anniversary of the appearance of The Cat in the Hat, which instantly made Dr. Seuss into the beloved children’s book author that many of us have had the joy of discovering as children–and then again as adults, for the children in our lives. Happily it’s one of those sterling children’s books that can be read aloud again and again by an adult to a child–the tale of fun, mischief, near-catastrophe and magic continues to delight even after 20 or 50 or 100 or more readings. That itself is cause for celebration.” (Shelf Awareness newsletter, 3/2/12)