Dr. Seuss’s Top Ten Books of all Time

Since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is in March, we are dedicating the whole month to him! If you haven’t had the opportunity to read one of his books, we have listed his top ten selling books.  If you’ve already read these, visit your local library and look up some of his other books. I’m sure you will have no problem finding a book he wrote, considering he published 46 children’s books!

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • The Lorax
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • On Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Mr. Brow Can Moo! Can You?
  • Hop on Pop
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC
  • Fox in Socks

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the most beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss!

Here are some interesting facts about him:

  • He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • His full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • First book he wrote and illustrated was “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
  • That book got rejected 27 times before being published
  • Dr. Seuss most famous book is “Cat in the Hat”
  • In his life time he published 46 children’s books.
  • He received many honors in his life time including:

                 -2 Academy Awards
-2 Emmy Awards
-Peabody Award
-Pulitzer Prize

Check back next week to learn about Dr. Seuss’s Top Ten Books you must read!

Information from catinthehat.org and Wikipedia.

National Reading Month

Did you know March is not only National Cheerleading Safety Month, it is also National Reading Month?

National Reading Month officially starts on March 2nd in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday.  Dr. Seuss is the most recognized children’s author. He wrote 46 children’s books, many of which have made the best sellers list.

During the month of March, CheeReader’s wants you to pick up a book and read! Reading can do many great things for children. For example, Barbara Freedman-De Vito, who wrote If You’d Like to Know Why Reading Matters, says it can, “help children develop vital language skills, open up new worlds, enrich children’s lives, enhance children’s social skills, and can improve hand-eye coordination.”

Besides picking up a book and reading this month, we also want you to set a goal to visit your local elementary school and read to a group of children. If you can’t do that, find an after school program and read to those children. If you have a younger brother or sister, read to them too.  Every little bit helps!

Check back tomorrow to learn some interesting facts about Dr. Seuss!

Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s birthday was yesterday, November 30. If he would still be alive today, he would be 176 years old. In celebration of his birthday, we wanted to share with you some of his best sellers.

It was hard to narrow it down, but here are his top 5 books:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

 In his lifetime he wrote over 40 books! Click here to see a list of all of them.

Fun Facts about Mark Twain:

  • Many people didn’t know that Mark Twain wasn’t his birth name, it was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
  • Prior to adopting Mark Twain as his pen name, Clemens wrote under the pen name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass.
  • Haley’s Comet was visible in the sky both on the night Mark Twain was born and on the night he passed away.

Giving Back

November is here and with that brings shorter days and colder nights. While you’re stuck inside, why not spend that time reading with your loved ones!

November is also about giving back. How can your squad give back? Visit an elementary school and read to the children. If the teachers are busy trying to fit in all of their lesson’s before Thanksgiving break, see if that elementary school has an after school program and read to them then.

With the holiday’s right around the corner, we know that you might be on a tight budget. So buying books to read to the children might be out of the question, but that shouldn’t stop your cheer team from reading to children. Don’t forget you can always visit your local library. Libraries across the country are filled with thousands of stories waiting to be read!

Thanksgiving is the month for giving back. What is your squad doing to give back? Let us know on our Facebook Page!

Halloween

Reading to kids “stimulates the development of the brain, language and a closer emotional relationship with a child,” say’s the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Having trouble deciding what books to read to your children this month? Try to pick book’s that are in conjunction with what is going on. Like this month is October and almost every kid knows what holiday is in October… HALLOWEEN! To most kids Halloween means three things; costumes, candy and scary movies. So why not celebrate the month by reading Halloween books?

If you or your cheer squad is planning a visit to an Elementary school in October, here are some Halloween books we suggest reading:

  • Mommy by Maurice Sendak
  • Thirteen Nights of Halloween by Lisa Silverman
  • Halloween Night by Arden Druce
  • Big Pumpkin by Ericka Silverman
  • Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach

The Benifits of Reading to Children

America’s new past time is sitting around and watching TV, but this needs to change. Children, especially at a young age should be keeping their minds active. Children should be thinking, solving problems and comprehend things, instead of watching TV which puts children and adults into a passive state of mind.

The Children’s Reading Foundation says “Just 20 minutes a day of reading aloud with young children strengthens relationships, encourages listening and language skills, promotes attention and curiosity and establishes a strong reading foundation.”

What can your cheer team do to help? Visit a local elementary school and spend part of the day reading a book to a child. Don’t worry if your whole squad can’t make it, five people reading to children is better than none!