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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today in celebration of this wonderful, brilliant man we’re looking at his tongue-twisting book Fox in Socks. This was one of my favorites as a child, purely for the reason that I wanted to master the tongue-knotting lines and almost never could.
NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.
“In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.”-NEA website
***Guest Post by Hannah Rials
Fox in Socks
So there’s this fox who wears socks. He meets this guy Knox and decides to play a game of tongue-tanglers, since the fox is the master. The lines become progressively more complicated. I can say “Knox on fox in socks in box” five times fast. But let’s fast-forward to the end of the story: “When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…” Try saying that at least one time fast without any pauses. You’re going to have to loosen up that tongue.
Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Geisel, is one of the great literary minds of the 20th century. He brought charm, unique characters, tongue tanglers, and wonderful stories to the world of Kidlit. Here are some fun facts about this awesome man:
- His family pronounced his name as “Zoice” not “Soose.”
- He used a pseudonym because he wanted to save his real name for the Great American Novel that he wanted to write.
- He was a magazine cartoonist before a children’s author.
- His “Dr.” title came from an honorary PHD degree from Dartmouth.
- “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was his first book published in 1937.
- Dr. Seuss and his first wife were unable to have children, and when people asked him how he could write for children when he didn’t have any of his own, he responded with, “You make ‘em; I’ll amuse ‘em!”
Some “Seuss-y” things To Do
1. Make a Tweetle Beetle Battle Bottle at Mad In Crafts
2. Fox Sock Puppets from Paging Supermom
3. Fox Cupcakes at Wilton Fun
or for a healthier option: Fox Bagel at RedTri.com
Lesser Known Dr. Seuss Books
– And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street
– The Sneetches
– If I Ran the Circus
– Oh Say Can You Say (another book of tongue twisters)
– Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are
– There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
So Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! We’re so happy that you decided to bless us with your brilliant mind and colorful characters.
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More Fox Fun!
Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.
From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit. It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, there is an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few “fox movies” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book HERE.