This has to rank among my favorite books if only because I learned to read with the rhythm and rhymes of the words of Dr. Seuss. cuh aaaa tttt. cat. This book was published in 1957 and Seuss wrote it specifically to teach children to read. My mother (who is now on her 88th book this year) took me to the library every week as a child.
It still lingers in the minds of many and was even quoted in the Senate (Harry Reid used the line, "'That is good,' said the fish. 'He's gone away, yes. But your mother will come. She will find this big mess.'" to describe the immigration impass).
Books can also teach you how to live... A Happiness project writer notes these lines from Seuss, saying that you do have to know how to have fun and enjoying life is a key to happiness:
Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.
After taking my children to hear Texas author, cowboy and rancher John Erickson perform one of his readings from his series, Hank the Cowdog, my children began reading his books to his tapes. I think I could thank Erickson's literal readings of his Hank yarns with his own music and character voices for the excellent reading skills of my son. Erickson had tried to find a national publisher but wasn't tremendously successful until he published regionally. I'm not the only mother to credit a son's reading skills to Hank the Cowdog. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog has been re-released as a special 20th anniversary edition. Read the Amazon reviews. The Hank tales are a grassroots publishing success story.
Seuss honed his cats and talents as a political cartoonist during WWII, for a NYC tabloid, writes Shamindar Dulai, a student writing about photojournalism on his post about truth and posting this Seuss cartoon, left.
Erickson didn't write children's books at first, either.
Parents are discouraged that their children don't take up reading as we did. Don't lifelong readers make life long learners? Does reading Facebook count?