Yesterday was the day we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday, with crafts and fun at the Fremont Main children’s room, and puzzles to solve at Newark. We had teachers looking for books at the last minute on the weekend and even yesterday. What a great time to review some of the great books Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodore Geisel) wrote. A reminder once again of how brilliant he was — making early readers something FUN to read, not just plodding through repetition and dull rhyming words but playing with the words. Would you eat that green eggs and ham on a boat, in a moat — in a house, with a mouse — here or there or anywhere? With a mild lesson in “try it, you’ll like it.”
A reminder that one of the early literacy (prereading) skills is phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words. Rhymes and onomatopoeia (“buzz”, etc.) are great ways for kids to realize words are made of smaller sounds and syllables.
Here are some books that may work to read aloud to/with preschoolers to expose them to rhyming and other reading concepts.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963)
Go Dog, Go! (1963)
Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
Great Day for Up! (1974)
Longer early readers:
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)
Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960), and Fox In Socks (1965)
May you continue to enjoy Theodore Geisel’s books with your early readers, as well as his longer stories with a message like The Lorax, The Sneetches & other Stories, Horton Hears a Who, and If I Ran the Zoo.