Happy birthday Dr. Seuss

Peter White Public Library hosted a birthday party for the late Dr. Seuss, a beloved children's author, to kick off National Reading Month. The party featured gamed and crafts based on books by Seuss. Above, Charlie Guzzitti, 3, makes a popsicle stick "Wocket", based on the book "There's a Wocket in My Pocket!" (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as beloved children’s storybook writer and poet Dr. Seuss, would have been 114 years old Friday. To celebrate his birthday, Peter White Public Library pulled out all the stops and hosted a party Friday afternoon to commemorate the life of the late author, who died in 1991.

“All of our crafts and activities come from (Seuss’) books,” explained Amanda Pierce, youth services assistant for PWPL.

The event featured treats like cake, green ice-cream floats inspired by “Green Eggs and Ham,” activities like pin the hat on Cat and make-your-own Cat Hat, inspired by “The Cat in the Hat.” Visitors could also make masks featuring their favorite animals, craft popsicle-stick Wockets, based on “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket,” and make Truffula Tree bookmarks, from “The Lorax,” out of yarn and colorful pipe-cleaners.

“(Seuss) made a large impact,” said Pierce. “Everyone knows his books. They’re done in multiple different languages and he was just really creative and fun.

“Today is his birthday and it’s also Read Across America Day. It’s a national day where (we) celebrate Dr. Seuss across America, and it kicks of March as (National) Reading Month.”

According to the National Education Association, “Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”

As the man said himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Rachel Oakley can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is roakley@miningjournal.net.