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Celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday with AETN

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"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" Cat-e-bration 

With Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America, the first week of March is one great big literary celebration for Seussians and readers of all shapes and sizes! Join us to celebrate a love of reading by tuning in to great new episodes of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!," playing PBS KIDS newest "cat-e-bratory" game, doing a few Seusstastical crafts and, of course, reading some outstanding, tounge-twisting books!


To get everything started - beginning Monday, March 3, at 7:30 a.m. - we're showing "Dr. Seuss' Birthday Cat-ebration" with the debut of a one-hour "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" special. It's an action-packed 60 minutes with four fun, featured stories:

  • "Step This Way" - The kids are playing dress-up, with Sally wearing her mom’s shoes and Nick wearing his dad’s shoes. They're having trouble walking, and the Cat thinks it’s because their feet are the wrong shape. The Cat takes them to the Jungle of Bingle-Bungle Boo see that animals have differently shaped feet to help them do different things.
  • "Anything You Can Do" - Nick and Sally are pretending to be the Cat in the Hat. The Cat takes Nick and Sally to meet his good friend Mimi the Mimic Octopus to learn some tips on how to pretend to be someone else.
  • "Name That Sound" - Sally and Nick are trying to stump each other by guessing the animal sounds they’re making. The Cat stumps them both when he tries to make the sound of a cricket. They all try but can’t figure out how a cricket makes its noise.
  • "Fabulous Feathers" - Sally is playing dress-up, but her favorite hat no longer has any feathers on it. Where can they find more? The Cat’s good friend Puranjay might be able to help. He’s a peacock who lives in Feathery Flats; he has plenty of feathers. Sally collects the feathers that have fallen out of Puranjay and discovers that each one has its own distinct job.
And the party doesn't stop there! We'll also premiere other new episodes, like "Balancing Act/Marvelous Marbles" on Tuesday, March 4, and "Take a Walk/Cotton Patch" on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 each morning.

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" Marbelous Marvel Coaster Game

PBS KIDS is extending the learning from these episodes online, too, with a new, free game - "Marbleous Marvel Coaster" at pbskids.org/catinthehat. It's even fun for, shall we say, "more mature" kids to create their own Seussian rollercoasters using open-ended play and engineering skills!

But you're not limited to electronic media to celebrate these fabulous literary events! Above all, we encourage everyone to stretch the spines of their favorite Dr. Seuss books, read great stories and bring the magic of reading to life. Given the good doctor's popularity, we imagine you already have a few books in mind but, if not, check out a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss books in this list!

PBS Parents Dr. Seuss Book List

We're firmly convinced that more entertaining books are hard to find; however, you can make the rhythmic and "rhymical" reading even more fun with corresponding crafts. From Horton and Cat in the Hat to Wockets, Loraxes, Yertle the Turtle and more, there's a great Dr. Seuss Craft Round-up from PBS Parents for inspiration right here.

PBS Parents Dr. Seuss Craft Roundup

And last, but certainly not least, don't forget to check for amazing celebrations in your area! From libraries and schools to folks who just love Seussian fun, we bet there's a great Read Across America activity somewhere nearby. 

For our central Arkansas viewers, be sure to look into Dr. Seuss's Week-long Birthday Party with our friends at the Clinton Presidential Center (limited space is available, and some restrictions may apply). You can learn more on their website or call their office at 502-748-0419 with questions or to make reservations. A little birdie tells us that a favorite chapeau-wearing feline may stop in for visits!

 



Monday, March 3 - Friday, March 7, 2014
Dr. Seuss' Birthday/Read Across America Week