Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Why is this important? Mr. Geisel is better known as Dr. Seuss, and March 2 will mark his 114th birthday.

On this day, Dr. Seuss is remembered for his creative genius, and for writing books that children of all generations have come to love.

The wonderful thing about this man’s work is that it motivated children to read. For many, books like The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who were their very first books. And these books were so beloved that they’ve since been turned into movies that no one seems tired of watching.

On March 2, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday will be commemorated around the U.S. with an event called Read Across America. Will you take part?

Read Across America – What You Need to Know to Take Part

Read Across America, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is a day to celebrate all things Dr. Seuss. Kids and adults alike are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Seuss characters.

On this day, schools and libraries across the nation will bring children of all ages together with some great reading material.

You can even form your own Seuss event. Plenty of websites offer activity resources and recommendations.

It will be a fun way to spend time with your kids and those in the community, while encouraging literacy and love for books and reading.

Why Dr. Seuss Was Such an Extraordinary Person

This author of some of the world’s most beloved children’s books was really a force of nature in two ways.

First, he never, ever gave up. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected some 27 times before a publisher finally took a chance on him. How many authors can say they have that sort of tenacity and belief in themselves to keep going after five, 10, 20 rejections? But he did, and we’re all the better for it.

Second, this man loved children. He wanted to see them embrace their imaginations and their unique personalities. He wanted to engage their growing brains to help them not only learn how to read, but to learn to love learning and reading in general.

He also wanted kids to forge their own path, something he knew could be quite difficult, even for adults. And so his books became a way for him to teach children very important lessons that would end up serving them their entire life.

Quite a few people think that the books this author published are simplistic and wacky. But in their simplicity and wackiness, they are great teaching tools.

In fact, this is the reason why The Cat in the Hat was written. In 1954, LIFE magazine criticized the reading levels of U.S. children. The publishers Houghton Mifflin and Random House sought out Seuss to write a children’s primer with 220 vocabulary words.

Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat in response, a book that ended up cementing his place as a “tour de force” in children’s literature.

Some of the Best Dr. Seuss Quotes That You Should Memorize

You can tell by his stories, as well as all of the famous Dr. Seuss quotes, that the man had a wonderful sense of wit.

He also had a good grasp on the insecurities that people have, and in a beautiful way encouraged everyone to be themselves and to be happy.

Here are some of the best Dr. Seuss quotes that will give you a little bit of oomph any time you’re feeling a little low.

  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
  • Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Be happy that it happened.
  • You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
  • Fun is good.

Dr. Seuss believed in having fun, living your own life, and directing your own course. Through his stories, he taught children to love reading. And what they taught in those stories were great life lessons that gave them  the knowledge and confidence they need to forge their own path.

How Will You Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day?

How will you celebrate on March 2? Perhaps the best thing you can do is sit down with your child – or your friend’s child – and share your favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Then, if they’re old enough to read, maybe they can read to you their favorite book,too. If not, you can read it to them.

Either way, Dr. Seuss Day is a great way to have some fun and remind children (and adults) about the importance of reading – how one book can change the way we view ourselves, the world around us, and all the possibilities for the future.