Stories. When you get down to it, life is a collection of stories. Global stories to individual stories. What you ate for breakfast is a story of your morning. How you live your life is a story about you. Real life stories and make believe stories. Stories that entertain and stories that teach. Dr. Seuss was a most unique story teller with his tongue-twisting rhymes, silly words and even sillier characters. Most American adults have memories of “One Fish Two Fish” or “I do not like green eggs and ham, Sam I am!” Those same parents now read those words to their own children. For Seuss, his life went on to be his final story, one we celebrate by reading his books every year now that he passed. These celebrations center around our love for reading and the need for all children to have access to books.
Tied to his story now is the story of Brooke Jackman, a young woman of 23 who died in the 9/11 act of terror. Brooke loved kids and she loved reading. She appreciated that Dr. Seuss’ life lessons came disguised as fun—and sometimes mischievous—adventures. In her honor, her family created the Brooke Jackson Foundation and they want to remind parents of how Dr. Seuss’ stories are more than meet than eye. Here is a list their Top 5 Seuss books that are fun but also teach children about challenging situations :
- The Lorax: Teaches children the need to be environmentally conscious
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Teaches children how to remain positive when faced with adversity
- The Cat in the Hat: Teaches children about responsibility and honesty
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Teaches children that reading is a useful tool to acquire knowledge
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street: Teaches children to be imaginative
“Dr. Seuss stories are the perfect way to introduce children to themes that they will be encountering throughout their lives. From these books, children are given examples of how to be independent and self-confident, how to care for the world around them and other lessons that they will be able to draw wisdom from throughout their lives,” said Erin Jackman, Director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation.
The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman whose passion and commitment to literacy and children spurred the Jackman family to create the Foundation as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since its inception, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated over 100,000 books and 15,000 “Brooke Packs,” backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. In addition to an annual Read-a-thon, BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after school literacy programs in the NYC area.
The Lorax movie releases this week, but don’t forget to take time to read the book to your children as well along with others on this list.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for all the wonderful stories you wrote. And thank you also for the personal stories I have that come from reading your books to my child. He really does enjoy that I have mastered “tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!”