The UNC Charlotte English Department will, once again, celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with its annual Seuss-a-Thon on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.
Area educators and literacy advocates will read Dr. Seuss books aloud to children in a marathon fashion for four continuous hours. Dr. Seuss-related craft projects also will be provided for children.
“As a long-time children's literature professor, I am deeply committed to promoting literacy in our community, especially among our young people,” said Mark West, event organizer and chair of the English department at UNC Charlotte.
“For this reason, I am a big supporter of the National Education Association's Read Across America campaign, which celebrates and encourages reading and literacy,” West said. “One of my goals in organizing the Seuss-a-Thon is to sponsor an event that contributes to this larger literacy campaign.”
This is the sixth year West has organized the Seuss-a-Thon, which is co-sponsored by the English department and Park Road Books.
“We invite people of all ages." encouages Professor West, "to come by and enjoy the books written by one of America’s most influential authors."
The Seuss-a-Thon takes place on or near the birth date of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, who was born on Mar. 2, 1904, and wrote and illustrated over 40 books for children. He received many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 “for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.” Geisel died died in 1991, but a new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get, was published posthumously in 2015.
Park Road Books will supply the books to be read. They will offer a 20% discount on any Dr. Seuss books purchased that day. Park Road Books, located in Park Road Shopping Center, is Charlotte’s oldest continuously operating bookstore.