Thank you to Burlington Library Assistant Rose Magliozzi for this post about iPad apps and Dr. Seuss:
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday March 2, 2012 with iPad apps!
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of children’s author Theordor Seuss Geisel better known as Dr. Seuss. This year celebrate his birthday with one of his digital books on the iPad.
With the release of two new iPad apps, there are 28 of Dr. Seuss’s books available through the iTunes store. The most recent book apps added are And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street honoring the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book published in 1937 and The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1, a set of five of Seuss’s well-known books.
With the iPad apps, you can experience the story in three ways. Read it myself allows reading and viewing the material in the same manner that traditional books would offer. Read to me highlights each word as it is professionally narrated. Auto Play adds narration but also automatically turns the page when it is completed.
Marco walks to school each day down Mulberry Street, always hoping to find someone exciting to greet. “When I leave home to walk to school, Dad always says to me, ‘Marco, keep your eyelids up and see what you can see.” Read on and you’ll find out all of the fun Marco will have.
The book was rejected twenty-seven times before it was published. The rhymes were written to the rhythm of chugging engines while Dr. Seuss was on vacation. The original title of the book was “A Story That No One Can Beat”
The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection # 1 is a set of five of Seuss’ well-known stories. The five digital books can be purchased individually. The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection saves you money, is five books for the price of four, and makes your digital book collection even tidier by combining multiple books into a single app. The collection includes:
The Cat in the Hat stars a Cat that brings chaos to the house of two young kids on a rainy day while their mother is out.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is about a boy and a girl and the many amazing creatures they meet.
The FOOT Book introduces the concept of opposites through funny and creative depictions of different kinds of feet!
Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You? is Dr. Seuss’s Book of wonderful noises and explores with children the sounds they hear everyday, and how to mimic them!
Fox in Socks features two delightful characters Fox and Knox, who converse almost entirely in rhyming tongue-twisters.
This is a collection of stories you will not want to miss reading on March 2. Charles D. Cohen, a Seuss scholar and collector, has found seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include:
“The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga ” (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash!)
“Gustav the Goldfish” (an early, rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water)
“Tadd and Todd” (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins)
“Steak for Supper” (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner)
“The Bippolo Seed” (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision)
“The Strange Shirt Spot” (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back)
“The Great Henry McBride” (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).
Click on the links below to view other Dr. Seuss digital iPad ebooks in iTunes.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC – $2.99
Read Across America Poem
You’re never too old,
too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book (iPad) and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book (iPad) and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book (iPad),
Let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!