Monday, September 19, 2011

Favorite Books Monday- Dr. Seuss

I love Dr. Seuss. I know that most everyone has been exposed to Dr. Seuss at one time or another in their lives. but as a librarian, I cannot stress how wonderful Dr. Seuss books are for kids. They have a limited amount of words that are frequently repeated (which has been proven to help learn kids to read) and of course, the illustrations are bright, colorful and so creative. His books capture your imagination and are always funny and silly.

One of my favorite thing about Dr. Seuss books is that they have no age limit. So many books are only interesting to babies or to older kids, however my 6 and 4 year old nieces, Emma and Haley, hopped onto my lap with Grace the last time they came to visit to listen to one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Grace loves the pictures, plus, the rhyming text keeps her attention. She loves it when I make the funny noises that Dr. Seuss always includes in his books and I never get bored reading them over and over! Haley and Emma both used Dr. Seuss books to help them learn to read and they love all of the silly creatures, phrases, and noises that are unique to Dr. Seuss books. I don't know how many times my brother, parents, and I listened to Haley "read" Hop on Pop. She had memorized all of the words and would read it to anyone who would listen! I don't know many books that inspire kids to read as much as Dr. Seuss' books do.

There is a reason that Dr. Seuss is still popular almost 50 years after his books were originally published. I really can't think of a better author for kids to introduce them to a love of reading. Luckily Dr. Seuss wrote a lot of books, so Grace and I still have plenty to explore!

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