Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences



Embracing Our Differences will be partnering with Sarasota and Manatee County elementary schools as well as the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and  the United Way of Manatee County to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017.

What better way to celebrate the birthday of such a beloved writer of children’s books than reading to a child? Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. His use of rhyme makes an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills needed to be successful in an ever changing world. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to our children that reading is fun and important.

CLICK HERE to register to receive a volunteer to read to your Pre-K thru 5th grade classroom during Embracing Dr. Seuss’ Differences Day. The deadline to register is Friday, January 13, 2017.

Book selections below are designed to stimulate conversations regarding diversity, bullying, character education, and respect for others.

Pre-K My Many Colored Days – Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book is a wonderful way to talk with children about their feelings.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade – The Cat in the Hat – The children learn how to be "upstanders" against The Cat and his scheming tricks.

2nd Grade – Horton Hears a Who – After hearing a cry for help, Horton vows to protect the Whos.

3rd GradeThe Lorax – Dr. Seuss pleas for the planet.

4th GradeHooray For Diffendoofer Day – The school is at risk of being closed for underperforming on standardized tests.

5th GradeThe Sneetches – Intended as a satire of discrimination between races and cultures, this book was specifically inspired by Dr. Seuss' opposition to anti-Semitism.

Thank you for supporting Embracing Dr. Seuss’ Differences Day. Together, we can make our community a safer and more inviting place for everyone.

For more information, please contact Brenna Wilhm via EMAIL.