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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read these with your kids today!

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Tune in to AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2 at 7 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.  The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative, an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The two-hour marathon features four episodes of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!”  

Episodes include:

  • "Seasons"
  • “When I Grow UP/Doing it Differently“
  • “Hooray for Hair”/”Ice is Nice”
  • “Chasing Rainbows”/”Follow the Prints

Watch a sneak peak here!

Pick up a book this weekend and read with your kids – try some of these:

Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach by Tish Rabe 

Norval the Fish is hosting a seaside talkshow for the Fish Channel–and the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two are Cameracat and Crew! Among Norval’s special guests are his old friend Clam-I-Am (a shy gal who lives in the sand and likes to spit), along with horseshoe and hermit crabs, jellyfish, sand fleas, starfish, seagulls, and miscellaneous mollusks. Seaweed, seaglass, tides, tidal pools, dunes, driftwood, and waves make cameo appearances, too.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth

Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles by Bonnie Worth

The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick to visit the North and South Poles, where they mingle with native animals—reindeer, musk oxen, polar bears, caribou, and all sorts of penguins. They discover how the animals stay warm in the freezing cold, learn why it’s colder at the South Pole than at the North Pole, find out that one pole is located on land and the other isn’t, and learn that scientists are studying climate change to keep both poles icy cold.

Going Green: A Kid’s Handbook to Saving the Planet by John Elkington, Julia Hailes, Douglas Hill and Joel Makower

This comprehensive guide introduces young readers to the major concepts of ecology and provides them with ways in which they can make a contribution to saving the planet. Includes explanations of ecological issues and projects, and an alphabet of thoroughly practical things – feeding the birds, closing the refrigerator door – that young people can do to help.

Need a Seussical breakfast? Try this: 

Green Eggs and Ham

Here is a colorful and tasty Green Eggs and Ham recipe from FIT's Chef Lizzie. Try making it at home with your kids.

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs

1 thin slice ham 

1 teaspoon pesto

1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter (or olive oil)

Pinch parmesan cheese 

PREP:

Crack 1 whole egg into mixing bowl. 

Crack second egg into small bowl; remove and discard the yolk. 

Add egg white of second egg to mixing bowl with whole egg. Scramble eggs with pesto. 

Tear the ham into bite-sized pieces.

COOK:

Heat pan on medium heat. Add butter and move butter around to coat pan. Pour egg mixture into pan. Add ham pieces to egg mixture. 

Slowly move eggs in the pan in a push/pull motion with spatula until cooked. Top with cheese.

SERVE:

Green Eggs and Ham can be served with a small fruit salad topped with a drizzle of honey or agave nectar and sesame seeds or chopped walnuts. It can also be served with a side of whole-grain toast topped with 100% all-fruit preserves.

Yield: 1 serving

Find activities, games, and printables to go along with the episodes here.  For teachers and parents who would like Read Across America activities, visit the National Education Association and PBS Teachers and PBS Parents. To stay up to date on special programs, events for kids, and educational activities visit the AETN Kids website and sign up for our Kids GO! Club.

The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from all four episodes featured in “The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon” will be available for free online at www.pbskids.org/video and on the PBS KIDS video app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Kids will also be able to engage with the Cat and friends through games and video content online and on mobile devices, and parents will be able to enjoy a new Birthday Party Builder Tool on the PBS KIDS Shop website beginning March 1.

Tune in: Friday, March 2, 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
(Repeats on AETN Plus (AETN-3) Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, at 6 a.m.)




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