We read from a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go (that I received from my mother on graduating middle school) every year as a student rite of passage from our programs. Students make Dr. Seuss related art while we read his stories and have discussions about his many important themes like sharing and perseverance. “Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Dr. Seuss’s first book wasn’t only rejected by one publisher, it was repeatedly rejected, 27 times in a row and finally his first book was published in 1937. Thank goodness he didn’t give up. He is inspiration for our students to write and illustrate their own books!
We have made handouts of our favorite characters that our preschoolers decorate with hair, clothing and color. “You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do!” We also have made a series of Cat in the Hat drawings, Myrtle the Turtle and The Lorax art (that we introduce when teaching art made from recycling) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V06ZOQuo0kStudents love being read to while they draw. As Dr. Seuss’s said: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
Learn more about Dr. Seuss https://www.npr.org/2012/01/24/145471724/how-dr-seuss-got-his-start-on-mulberry-street