March is Reading Month! It is time with the National Education Association to join their Read Across America program or simply enjoy reading and sharing good books and publications. Reading can transform your thinking, transport your mind, inform you on just about any subject you wish or need, or give you an emotional reaction. Reading Rocks!
March is Reading Month celebrates and honors the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel. Theodore Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Springfield Central High School in 1921. He next attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1925. He began writing under the name Seuss for the college’s humor magazine, Jack-o-Lantern, while there. He next attended, but did not graduate from, Lincoln College, Oxford. He left to pursue a career drawing.
He published a cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post in 1927. He then took a job as a writer and illustrator at the humor magazine Judge. This led to his marriage to college girlfriend Helen. He drew advertising for companies and became more and more popular. He and his wife traveled and socialized and he gained inspiration from his adventures. The led to And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street being published in 1937 by Vanguard Press. He then continued to work on other projects including work in support for the United States war effort of that time.
After the war, he and his wife moved to La Jolla, California. He wrote numerous children’s books during the 1950s and received awards for his work. His other work included a musical and fantasy film. In 1954, Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat using only 236 different common words to improve children’s literacy. He continued to write many other popular books in this simplified style, as well as, Beginner Books. In 1956, Dartmouth awarded Seuss an honorary doctorate.
In 1967, Helen committed suicide after dealing with illness and depression. In 1968, Seuss married Audrey Stone Dimond. Seuss died of oral cancer in 1991. Honors and awards have continued to be given to Dr. Seuss. This includes two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Whether it’s a Dr. Seuss book, a New York Times bestseller, a book you’re curious about, or even Got Inspiration? Inspiration Does the Mind Good by Lisa Head, enjoy a good book today! Share and read with others as well! Be inspired! Have a bright day!