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  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss


    Born on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss would be 113 this year. His legacy continues to go on, and during this time every year, people across the country; as well as thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers celebrate by bringing kids and books together to encourage a love for reading. In honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, I’ve compiled a list of popular children’s books for 2019. 


    The Sea Book by Charlotte Miner: Dive into the depths of the oceans with this fantastic exploration of marine life and habitats, peppered with eco-friendly tips and reminders of how we can keep our oceans clean.


    Spend it! by Cinders McLeod: Sonny the bunny earns three carrots a week for his allowance, but struggles with how to spend it. A bouncy house would be great, but it’s very expensive, and Sonny would like to buy a lot of other cool things. Good thing Sonny has a smart mom who helps him make smart choices about spending his precious carrots.


    Elvis Is King!, by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio: Bold, vibrant, and captivating — just like its main character — Elvis Is King! introduces a new generation of young readers to the iconic performer. Illustrated with moody and evocative clay figures, this book captures both Elvis’s amazing life and the heart of rock ‘n’ roll.


    The Bell Rang, by James E. Ransome: In free verse, a young black girl narrates her family’s life working as slaves on a plantation. Each day begins with the ring of a bell and her mother, father, and brother share a meal with her before leaving to work. But one day the bell rings and her brother Ben is missing. The family is heartbroken: They pray that Ben found freedom but are terrified thinking about what must have happened if he didn’t. A powerful final image shows our young narrator staring at the morning bell.


    My Heart, by Corinna Luyken: Through rhyming verse, this book takes a look into the lives of various children and their experiences with emotions like sadness and loneliness. During these times, hearts can feel “heavy with rain” and it’s hard to believe those good feelings will come again. It’s through empathy and understanding that the characters find their hearts light and happy once more.


    Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish, by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld: Birthdays are important days to celebrate. But before you do, you should make sure you’re following the 10 important rules of your big day. Rule #1? Make sure it actually is your birthday.


    Is That You, Eleanor Sue?, by Tricia Tusa: Young Eleanor Sue loves Saturdays more than any other day. It’s the day that her mom is home, and the day they play dress up. But these two put a unique spin on the game. Eleanor Sue dons an outfit, sneaks out of her bedroom window, and rings the front doorbell. Her mother, never quite sure what sort of character will be behind the door, answers and entertains her guest. Eleanor Sue commits quite seriously to each role, making this a delightfully funny read.


    The Happy Book, by Andy Rash: Emotions can be complicated things, especially when you were happy but now you’re sad and you really want to get back to happy. Sound familiar? If so, Camper and Clam are here to help with a new story designed to build your child’s social-emotional development while having fun at the same time.



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