Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in Theaters Now!

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax took the top spot at the box office this weekend. I’m not surprised. Not only was it released close to the beloved author’s birthday, but many schools–especially around here since Theodore Geisel grew up about ten minutes from where we live–read The Lorax during their Dr. Seuss day celebrations. With the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White, to name a few, I have a feeling audiences will be busting a gut if they go see this movie.

You can check out the trailer and other free downloads at www.theloraxmovie.com.

Do you and your family plan to see the movie or have you already been? Feel free to share your thoughts.

The Legacy of Stan and Jan Berenstain

Jan Berenstain, the co-author of more than 300 books died at the end of February. Her husband and writing partner, Stan, died in 2005. As I considered what I would write about Mrs. Berenstain’s passing, I began thinking what an amazing number of books she and her husband had written together. Many marriages don’t last a lifetime anymore, never mind the thought of working with your spouse for over forty years.

But that’s what the Berenstain’s did. They lived together and worked together to create some of the most beloved books in children’s literature. I’ve read them, my children read them, and if I have my say in it, my future grandchildren will read them. Looking back upon Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear, I don’t remember being conscious of the lessons I was learning as a child when I read these books. I just remember enjoying them. As a parent, I’m glad for books that teach so many valuable principles.

In this article on Mrs. Berenstain’s death from The New York Times, they credited their first editor at Random House, Theodor Geisel–or as most of us know him, Dr. Seuss–for helping them achieve their trademark style that made these books popular as reading primers.

Though my kids are too old for them now, I can’t seem to part with my collection. They are sitting in the floor of my office in a box. Every once in a while the Lil Princess (8) picks one up, but she is an advanced reader, so she’s reading much more involved books than these now. My favorite of the series remains, The Bears’ Vacation. Originally released in 1968 (exactly a month after I was born), Papa Bear demonstrates his seaside safety rules with funny and disastrous results.

As a way to celebrate the legacy of the Berenstains, I hope you’ll share your favorite Berenstain Bears book.

Read Across America Coming on March 2nd!

 Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA). This annual event seeks to bring children, teenagers and books together. March 2nd is also the birthday of the famous children’s author, Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

We live in a town that used to be part of Springfield, Massachusetts, Gisel’s birthplace. At the Quadrangle in Springfield, there is a Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Bright Nights, an annual holiday display of lights, also has a series of displays dedicated Geisel, called Seuss Land.

Schools, libraries, and other organizations are planning events across the country to celebrate this year’s Read Across America Day campaign. You can learn more and find tips on how to create a great event at the NEA’s Read Across America site

You can become a fan of Read Across America by visiting their Facebook fan page.

What events are you planning to help celebrate this year’s Read Across America Day?

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