Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Published 6:29 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

Washington High School senior Paige Ingalls reads “Green Eggs and Ham” to students in Monica Davis’ first-grade classroom at Eastern Elementary School. (WDN Photo/Betty Mitchell Gray)

Students throughout Beaufort County’s schools are celebrating the birthday of a beloved children’s author as part of the annual Read Across America Day.

Volunteers were invited to read to students at some local schools over a two-day period to mark the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, most widely known for his children’s books written under the name Dr. Seuss.

Read Across America Day “promotes reading and makes it fun for the children,” said Jennifer Walker, a kindergarten teacher at Eastern Elementary School in Washington. Walker coordinated the two-day event at the school which not only saw volunteers read some of Dr. Seuss’ books in the classroom but a variety of other activities such as creating costumes or bulletin-board displays depicting some of Dr. Seuss’ most well-known books.

Geisel wrote more than 45 children’s books under the name Dr. Seuss. Those books often were characterized by imaginative characters and a distinctive rhyme His most celebrated books include the bestselling “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Adaptations of his work include 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.