Get involved! NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd-Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!
Join our project by reading “Oh, The Pets You Can Get !
by Dr. Seuss or another book about pets. Then try one or more of our related activities!
Complete our Parent Survey by April 4th and the first 10 children will receive a FREE Book. All will receive a book mark and an I Love Reading bracelet!
In What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss, a Yent might have been the perfect
pet for Kay and her brother, if only they’d had a tent. Or if the siblings’
house wasn’t so small, a thing on a string might have been the best pet
of all. All pets have certain requirements that pet owners must meet to keep their
animal friends safe, healthy, and happy. Help children understand this by
having them create a fantastic new pet of their own. Have your child draw a picture of their new pet and have them tell you all about it and how they will need to care for it. Instead of drawing the new pet, have your child create one using recycled materials such as egg cartons, yogurt cups, straws, paper towel tubes, etc.
2. Animal Shelters- What Pet Would You Get?
With so many animals in need of homes, the publisher’s note in What Pet Should I Get? advocates for adopting pets from animal shelters rather than buying them in pet stores. Shelters, which care for and place homeless animals, need support to do their important work. Ask kids to imagine how they might help raise awareness about animals in need. Investigate what animal shelters are near you and find out if there are any items you could donate. Many shelters take old towels and blankets, dog/cat food that your pet doesn’t like, or kitty litter.
Draw a pet that you would adopt from a shelter. CLiCK HEREfor a template you can print out to draw your pet on!
Reading to nonjudgmental, specially trained therapy dogs has been shown to help children improve literacy skills and boost self-esteem. Get your child in on the read aloud action and find a place where your child can read to a therapy dog. The E. Bridgewater and Middleboro Public Libraries have programs where you can sign up to read to a dog. Click on the respective links below. If you are unable to find a place try having your child read to their real pet or a stuffed animal.
Book “What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss or another pet book
A wipes container or box
Some decorative items for your feeley box
Play plastic animals
Make a feeley box out of a wipes container or another container or box. After reading the book “What Pet Should I Get?” lay out the animals and talk about their different features (tails, big ears, fur) and if they’d make a good or bad pet.
Next, take all the animals out of sight and hide only one of them inside the feeley box container. Let your child feel around and decide which pet they think is hiding inside!
For additional activities check out the Dr. Seuss or pinterest website below!