Today is a Seuss-tacular celebration of reading, thanks to the annual National Education Association's "Read Across America" event. Some classrooms celebrated yesterday with pajama parties and read-a-thons while other kids are sitting down with their Seuss books today, on what would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel's 109th birthday.
This year the Seuss character representing the event is Bartholomew Cubbins, from The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, published 75 years ago. Recently there was a story about Dr. Seuss' collection of hats that he kept in a special closet behind a bookcase--back in 1937 in the Springfield Union News Seuss' sister remarked, "Ted has another peculiar hobby"”that of collecting hats of every
description. Why, he must have several hundred and he is using them as
the foundation of his next book." And, of course, you know what book came next...
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins book cover got a swanky new makeover for it's 75th anniversary but the classic Seuss story remains the same. If you've never read it, I hope you'll give it a try--a spoiled prince, a poor village boy, and an astonishing number of hats add up to a lot of fun. Are you celebrating Read Across America today? What book(s) are you reading?