Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Reading to our children promotes strong family relationships, teaches empathy, benefits brain development, helps with literacy skills and gives your child a sense of intimacy and well-being. By making reading a part of your children’s daily routine, you are setting a beautiful legacy.
Every March we kick off this month by celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The goal is to promote the joy of reading every day of the year. For this post, I have chosen to feature “The Cat and The Hat,” a best-selling children’s books of all time.
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Dr. Seuss: The Cat and The Hat
Dr Seuss’s books were not popular in Latin America when I was a little girl so I didn’t know much about them till my husband’s friend gifted us a bilingual copy of The Cat in the Hat/El Gato Ensombrerado (aff link). As I read for first time the fun adventures of Sally and her brother, I didn’t imagine that my kids would love that book so much that I’d ended up memorizing it!
My favorite part of the story is actually the first four lines:
“The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
all that cold, cold, wet day”
I can’t tell you how many times I have recited those lines to my kids on our cold, cold, wet days when it is not possible to play outside. It not only makes them laugh but it’s also a reminder that they can still enjoy of a fun day when it is too wet to play outside.
Of course, they always hoped for “The Cat in the Hat” to show up and make a mess in the living room. But since that was impossible, thank goodness, we still made our fun hats and pretend to be the magical cat in the hat.
The best part of this craft is that it’s so easy and that you’d only need four things: 1) White and Red Construction Paper. 2) Scissors and 3) Glue.
The first thing you’d need to do is to draw the shape of the hat in a white construction paper and cut it out. Then glue stripes made of red construction papers and tada! enjoy a fun day bonding with your kids through this classic book.
Check out these Dr.Seuss’s books in Spanish!
For National Reading Month, I have teamed up with other bloggers to share our favorite children’s books. Hopefully you will find new ideas you want to to try to make this month a great celebration of reading. You can read all the books we are covering through March by visiting here.