fab resources for read across america week (& giveaway!)

read across america weekIt’s Read Across America Week!

Everyone who’s anyone will be reading, thinking, talking, dreaming a little bit o’ Dr. Seuss this week, to celebrate literacy and to recognize the accomplishments of the talented Theodor Seuss Geisel, THE Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is March 2.  He would be 108 this year, but really–who’s counting?

PBS Kids is celebrating by featuring a Cat in the Hat marathon on March 2, so everyone can join in on the Cat in the Hat fun!  And thanks to PBS Kids, two lucky teach mama readers will win a Cat in the Hat super-fun gift pack, which includes a DVD, book, and $25 gift certificate for the PBS Kids shop. Yay!

I’m also excited to share some awesome resources I’ve stumbled across that can be used to ring in Read Across America Week.  All of which were created by teachers, bloggers, parents who are much more creative than I.

Here’s the skinny:

  • Fab Resources for Read Across America Week:
  • Joyfully Weary — Rachel has a totally and completely insanely awesome Dr. Seuss unit on her blog, including a game we played over here for the past two days.

I love the simplicity of the Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game; it was tricky enough to really keep Cora engaged–and challenged–but Owen liked it as well.read across america week

The  Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game, ready to see some action!

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Cora and Owen matched away. . .

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 . . . and we found that it made things easier for Cora if she covered each ‘match’.

I like the careful eye that the Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game requires, and I like that it could be played in any number of ways–either like we did by printing four copies of the same board (two boards and two for the cards) or you could print boards and share cards, covering hats with pennies or bingo chips as cards are flipped.

The Dr. Seuss Hat Matching Game is only one of many resources on this site.  Rachel also includes information about Dr. Seuss learning trays, craft stick book cover puzzles, collage box, apples on top game, sorting beads, sensory bottles, and oobleck fun. Fabulous.


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just one of the many, many, MANY Dr. Seuss-inspired resources on obSEUSSed

  • obSEUSSed – Vic from obSEUSSed is just that—obseussed with Dr. Seuss, and it totally shows in the time, effort, and energy she dedicates to creating awesome Dr. Seuss-related activities and crafts.  Among many of Vic’s resources that I love, I particularly love the 1 Fish 2 Fish Interactive Printable But serious Dr. Seuss fans must check out her many well thought out and creative shared resources!

read across america weekthe cover sheet for an amazing, literacy-rich unit on Dr. Seuss from Fun in First


  • Fun in First – Jodi has developed an incredible Dr. Seuss unit packed with activities. And I love them all.   I love the rhyming activity, I love the literacy activities, the hands-on oobleck activities, and I love the opposites activities.  I love the comparing  and contrasting of Dr. Seuss books, and I love the rhyme game.  Awesome, awesome, awesome.

dr seuss cat in the hat ideas, read across america week

 I love, love, love Michelle’s muffin tin meals–especially her Dr. Seuss inspired one!

  • Muffin Tin Mom — My pal Michelle, THEMuffin Tin Mom created a super-fun Muffin Tin with a deliciously creative Dr. Seuss theme. If you don’t know Michelle and her marvelous muffin tins, please check her out.  This one includes Cat in The Hat Red and White Strawberry Banana Skewers, Kitty Cat Sandwich, “The Cat’s Hat” filled with organic milk, Whole Grain Gold Fish Crackers, Yogurt with red pearl sprinkles, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 marshmallow treats.  Fun and totally yum.
  • Oceanhouse Media — Our friends at Oceanhouse Media have a huge Dr. Seuss collection of books, games, apps, and several of them are free!


Want some more really worthwhile, fab resources for Read Across America week?

And check out our previous posts about Read Across America Week:



UPDATE: contest closed and winner chosen and notified. thank you!!

GIVEAWAY: TWO super-fun Cat in the Hat gift packs from PBS Kids– each including a Cat in the Hat DVD, book, and $25 gift card for the PBS Kids shop

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fyi: As part of the PBS Kids VIP program, I received a screener of The Cat in the Hat and several items for review purposes; however this is an unsponsored post.  Prize packs are sponsored by Random House, NCircle Entertainment, and PBS Kids.  Many thanks to the bloggers mentioned above for giving me permission to mention their incredible ideas.




  1. says

    Hey, I have that same hat. 😉
    Great links, thanks so much for sharing. We are going to attempt some of the Seuss snacks while we read our favorite Seuss books on Friday.

  2. Rose Prevost says

    Hmmm…what do I love about Dr. Seuss books?
    So hard to pick one thing….but I absolutely love the giggles and smiles from my kids when I read Dr. Seuss books.

  3. Jennifer Poteet says

    I love the Cat in the Hat. I have found memories of my mother reading this to me as a kid along with various other Dr. Seuss books. Then when I had my first child she bought them a copy of the book as well. Thank you to my mother and The Cat in the Hat book my daughter LOVES to read and is very intelligent as a result! Reading is GREAT!

  4. says

    I like The Cat and The Hat because of the silly antics the cat always pulled on those poor kids! AND that my 4 year old daughter has started to be able to read Dr. Seuss books.

    I shared this with my fellow Signing Time Academy instructors in our forums.

  5. Renee says

    My family would feel so fortunate to win this prize. My kids love the near-disaster of the Cat in the Hat story and the miraculous clean-up. They say that “mom wishes she had one of those machines.”

  6. says

    Dr Seuss is our FAVORITE author ever! The Things are the kids’ favorite part, but of course, as a mom, my favorite is the brother & sister relationship blossoming. :)

  7. Holly says

    We love The Cat in the Hat. I especially love that it gets my kiddos rhyming and thinking about words. (This year we’re dressing up like our favorite characters. What fun!)

  8. Jessica says

    The Cat in the Hat is a marvelous early-reader that transports every reader and listener to the magical world of Dr. Seuss. My 6 year old has reading this book down to a science, and LOVES reading it to her 4 and 2 year old brothers. She gets so excited when she is successful with reading, and so many giggles are heard from three happy kids using their imaginations!

  9. Kerri says

    I love Cat in the Hat because it gets children excited about reading with its rhyming and silly story line. My one year old already enjoys hearing us read it to her.

  10. Kimberly H says

    I love the CAT in the HAT … it is one of the first books my kindergartner son learned to read and now I have caught him trying to teach his sister who is 4 how to read CAT in the HAT. Love IT!!!!.

  11. says

    I love that all three of my kids -3, 5, 7 – enjoy it together. They watch the show together, my son reads the books to his sisters and they all love giggling at the rhyming.

  12. HawaiianLibrarian says

    THE CAT IN THE HAT book inspires creative play, which can be messy, and responsibility and cooperation b/c outstanding creativities become EZ clean ups by working together.

  13. says

    I love the Cat in the Hat and the excitement about reading he creates. I love the fact that he lets the imagination run free, with nonsense words in far away unknown lands. The learning is unending with the Cat

  14. Cathy R says

    I love the Cat in the Hat’s trademark hat, but I really enjoy watching the TV show with my kids. The show is one of those great PBS kids that grabs a nice range of ages of kids to watch.

  15. Renee Brown says

    I love The Cat in the Hat because of the pure joy he has brought my daughter since she first discovered him three years ago. I love that he’s helped create a love of reading. Later, I’ve loved the science oriented books and the show. I’ve learned from those books and the show!

  16. says

    What do I love about The Cat in a Hat? Pretty much the fact that my four year old loves it! I really like it when she gets excited over a particular book.

  17. Heather says

    What I love the most about the cat and that hat is no matter how old you are or what type of reader you are, opening that book makes you break into a smile and feel like a true reader!

  18. Kaira says

    Love your ideas. We just did an entire week of Dr Seuss activities leading to today.

  19. L. Boyd says

    Love how the Cat in the Hat is actually kinda sneaky naughty, at least in the books.

  20. says

    I love that my not-yet-reader can “read” some Seuss by anticipating the rhymes. We also happen to enjoy the PBS show…I personally like that Cat better than books’ character. :)

  21. Wehaf says

    I love how the Cat always makes things worse by trying to make them better – so funny!

  22. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I just love how the Cat In The Hat always seems to get into mischief! Love his hat! Such a great character that has been around for so long!

  23. Lori S says

    I love how Dr. Seuss used nonsensical words. I also like how how he invented new species of characters like Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the Who’s.

  24. Simone says

    I really love the way Dr. Seuss came up with very imaginative stories. His illustrations only add to the imagination and zany wordplay. I have always been a Dr. Seuss fan and my kids are too!

  25. Shelley says

    What don’t we love about Dr. Suess? Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb was my son’s first favorite book!

  26. says

    I love that Cat in the Hat is a story that has lasted so long and parents can recall memories of it with their children. The illustrations are colorful and the rhyming words are catchy. Thanks.