There’s a reason why Dr Seuss books have been popular with kids (and parents alike) for decades. They make for the ultimate storytime.
Seuss’ books hit all the key elements that make for great reading:
- Repetition and rhyme,
- Interesting characters,
- Quirky and imaginative stories,
- Bright and playful illustration,
- Depth of character.
I’m willing to bet that there aren’t many book collections in english-speaking homes that don’t feature at least one Dr Seuss book. For those of my generation: our parents grew up with these stories, we grew up with them, and we want to share them with our kids too. They are enjoyable stories for the reader, as well as those being read to – a critical element to successful storytime. They have proven the test of time and are a fantastic addition to any home library.
I imagine that I’m not saying anything new here for most of you, but I think it’s important to take the time to appreciate the great work of Dr Seuss and the joy he has brought into so many families’ lives.
While I believe that his books will live in perpetuity, I also fear that they may get drowned out. As parents of young children in this current era, we have so many storytime options available to us (this is a good thing). We also have an array of fantastic books to choose from, but books also compete with the attention of digital media. We need to continually go back and appreciate some of these founding influential authors such as Seuss.
Seeing Dr Seuss’ stories being re-made into movies keeps them current in popular culture (and reminds us of their existence!). However, there is nothing like getting the enjoyment with your family in the manner that was originally intended – by reading the book!
Everyone has a favourite (mine is The Cat in the Hat), so make a family tradition out of it. Or, in the spirit of the upcoming festive season – grab a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
If you haven’t already done so – top your child’s book collection up with at least one Dr Seuss book and you’ll have storytime covered for years to come.