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When I was little, there were few things I enjoyed more than a bedtime story. My parents would read to me almost every night, and many of my favorites were the cooky, sing-songy books of Dr. Seuss.

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many schools are reading his books to kids. When I was a teacher, many of us would go from class to class acting out Dr. Seuss books (and this was middle school!) and encouraging kids to read.

Although his books are seen as just for young kids, Dr. Seuss’ tackled some pretty heavy subjects. Environmentalism (The Lorax), being open to trying new things (Green Eggs & Ham), and the importance of following your dreams (Oh, he Places You’ll Go), all exposed kids to various aspects of our world.

For me, those early interactions with words, snuggled up with my folks, helped shape the love that I have for books today.

But how about you? What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 

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