Read Across America happens today! Read across America takes place on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd. This activity is a great opportunity to get adults reading with children. Check out this site for many ideas: http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm.
Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. Sixty Texans met and drafted a declaration of independence. They based their break from Mexico on about six concerns, including lack of religious freedom and lack of public schools. Texas was a country until February 19, 1846, when it became a state of the United States.
Mount Rainier National Park became the country’s fifth national park in 1899. Located in the state of Washington, the park is almost 370 square miles. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the jewel of the park. Children can visit a website at: http://www.nps.gov/mora.
Wright Brothers National Memorial was authorized in 1927. Originally designated Kill Devil Hills Memorial, the memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The 428-acre site pays tribute to the Wight Brothers’ original four flights on December 17, 1903. Children can learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm.
Leo Dillon (born Brooklyn, New York, 1933; died Brooklyn, New York, May 26, 2012) was a picture book illustrator with wife Diane Dillon. He illustrated among other works Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale (Caldecott Medal), published in 1975. Children can learn more at: Leo Dillon
Sam Houston (born Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1793; died Huntsville, Texas, July 26, 1863) is one of Texas’s greatest heroes. He defeated General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. He was elected to the United States Senate and served as governor of Texas until 1861 when he declined to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. Children can learn more at: Sam Houston.
Marjorie Blain Parker (born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1960) writes books for children. Her books include Jasper’s Day and When Dads Don’t Grow Up. Children can visit her website at: Marjorie Blain Parker
Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1902; died La Jolla, California, September 24, 1991) was an author and an illustrator. He wrote among other works Green Eggs and Ham, published in 1960. His birthday is celebrated by the Read Across America program. Children could visit a website at: http://www.nea.org/readacross. They could make and eat green eggs by adding a few drops of green food coloring to scrambled eggs before cooking the eggs.