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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dr Seuss and Adult Literacy Month? what do they have in common?

One in seven American adults cannot read this blog according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Adult Literacy. The Mommies Network is teaming up with local organizations across the country this month to promote adult literacy. As leaders in our communities, we are dedicated to improving the world around us, one mom at a time.

Reading impacts our daily lives in ways many take for granted: From understanding a utility bill to helping a child with homework, literacy is an essential skill. Without reading, adults have difficulty finding a job or getting promoted, participating in their child's schooling, and keeping up with important local and world issues. Even grocery shopping can be a daunting task.

Imagine your day without the benefit of reading. Find ways you can volunteer your time, your talent, or your resources by visiting Volunteer Guide and join The Mommies Network in promoting adult literacy.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday: March 2
Credit to
Submitted by Jamie McElroy

Dr. Seuss' imagination and his whimsical rhyming stories have become a staple of childhood for millions of people. His books bridge gaps between generations, allowing parents to share their favorite characters with their children. The 250 words that comprise the Cat in the Hat were a major breakthrough to help fight illiteracy in schools. Beginning reader books were no longer uninteresting as that trouble making, hat sporting, friendly feline lead the way into Dr.Seuss' world.

With over 40 books published throughout his career, Seuss, touched on various political views incorporating them into his stories. Environmental concern is apparent in The Lorax, while anti-consumerism is touched on in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Sneetches preach equality. Dr. Seuss managed to keep the books light-hearted and interesting for young readers, yet make them deeper than the typical Dick and Jane books of the time.

So raise your glass to honor the day
the Cat in the Hat had asked to play.
On the second of March, it's Seuss' birthday!
Read your favorite Seuss books
in your comfy book nook
and remember the one that made reading fun.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

(Sing to the Tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)
There’s a wocket in your pocket, Dr. Seuss
There are red and blue fish, green fish in there, too
There’s the Cat in the Hat with Horton and the Whos,
Singing Happy, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Oh no, Thing One and Thing Two are on the loose
There’s a fox that’s wearing socks but has no shoes
There’s the Lorax and the Sneetches standing with Bartholomew
Singing Happy, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
There goes Thidwick, he’s the Big-Hearted Moose
And the boy who ran the zoo, he’s Gerald McGrew
There’s the Grinch and Cindy Lou on their way to Solla Sollew
Singing Happy, Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Lets make a difference in our communities as moms to combat adult illiteracy, so everyone can read, sing and laugh with Dr Seuss!!

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