Dr. Seuss’ birthday which is March 2nd, is celebrated today March 1st with Read Across America, an organization which, now in its 16th year, encourages children, parents, and teachers to collectively read a book or two on this day in honor of Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel used poetry as his platform to convey his stories, which are so funny and alive, to his young audience. His use of rhymes and repetitions, similes and expressive prose are some of the things that have unassumingly appealed to young readers who have read books like Green Eggs and Ham; Oh, the Places You’ll Go; and The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss understood that poetic expressions were important in kids’ learning and development, and therefore he successfully integrated it in his work.
The NYC Poetry Examiner Leila Rose-Gordon, who was recently interviewed by The Books Magazine, stated that “Poetry teaches children good diction, and helps them to expand their vocabulary in a fun, nonthreatening way. It also teaches brevity and clarity of expression, and is fundamental for good letter writing. Embracing poetry in various forms adds depth to writing, sharpens the intellect, and broadens the imagination.
“Introduction to poetry can help children to become analytical at an early age, as it helps the writer to analyze their subject matter in depth.”
She also mentioned that many adults have stifled their creative nature and their poetic voice because “they were taught at an early age that poetry is something that is difficult to create or analyze. [So] They erroneously concluded that poetry was something they could not do, and stifled their natural creativity.” The complete interview is available (click the link) in the March issue of The Books Magazine, of which subscription is free.
Poetry is good, even at a young age. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, pick up a book and get a-reading!