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Friday, March 9, 2018

Oh the Places You'll Go #Dr_Suess #Read_Across_America #melissakeir

Oh The Places You'll Go

Hello and welcome back to my monthly post on the different things in my world and in the writer's world. This month, I want to hit upon a wonderful day which passed recently. March 2nd is Read Across America Day.

Read Across America started in 1997 when the National Education Association decided to create a day to celebrate not just Dr. Seuss' birthday but also a day to celebrate the joy in reading. This past March 2nd, teachers, librarians, and community members from around the United States set aside time to read (both to children and reading alone). The reason behind this annual event is to shed light on how important reading (and literacy) is to success in life.  

As a teacher, we had the month of March set aside as March is Reading Month, a whole month-long celebration about reading. We decorated our classroom doors, had secret readers come in to read to the students, and shared book boxes filled with some of our favorite books by well-known children's authors. 

As an author, I will be sharing my knowledge with school children at different local schools, talking with them about my own road to publication and what tools I needed to get there. I'm a little nervous about it, but I speak to kids daily as a teacher and love sharing my own journey, so it shouldn't be too bad, right?

Many of us wouldn't have found a love for reading without Dr. Seuss' books. His three biggest sellers are "Oh The Places You'll Go", "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham". With more than sixty books under his pen-name, Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel adopted his pen-name while at university. When challenged to write an interesting children's book with only 250 words, Dr. Seuss stepped up to the challenge, writing "The Cat in the Hat."

I remember having all his stories as a child. When I had my own children, I was luckily able to find many of the same books through a neighbor who was getting rid of her old books. It was wonderful seeing all the same stories from "If I Ran A Zoo" to "Hop on Pop". There are so many wonderful stories to choose from, I don't have a special one. I like both the silly word choice and rhyming nature. Never having children of his own, Dr. Seuss raised generations of readers through his books. Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss story?

Since the whole Month of March is often dedicated to literacy, it's not too late! You can pick up a book and dive into an amazing world where the characters can be anything you desire. And don't forget to share your love of books. Read to your children or grandchildren. They will thank you for it.

Until next month, here's my latest book cover and blurb to entertain you. A part of Sable Hunter's Hell Yeah Kindle World, The House that Built Me is a short novella about a music star who returns to her hometown searching for a piece of her past.
Country’s newest rising star, Mandy Watkins, disappears from the limelight for a while with the help of her good friend. She’s got a lot on her plate and needs some time to figure out who she is.

Travis Perkins loves gardening after teaching at the local high school. He’s determined to leave the world in a better state either through his connections with his students or his garden.

When Mandy lands on Travis’s doorstep, he believes she will be just another of his projects, but what neither of them expect is how much their hearts may change. Can two people with only the love of an old home find a deep, lasting love? Or will their relationship end like the notes of a country tune?

Only available on Kindle or with Kindle Unlimited

Until Next Month,

Melissa Keir


Paris said...

We loved the Dr. Suess books at our house and at one point my kids knew several by heart, and would correct me if I skipped a word:)I don't think I could single out a favorite because they were all classics! The House the Me Built sounds like a wonderful romance:)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hop on Pop! Green Eggs and Ham. Those were the boys favs and I remember huge passages from them too. #1 son has a stuffed animal he's kept to this day and we named it Pink Thing (Thing one, Thing two). lol

jean hart stewart said...

Dr. Suess is so special. My son especially adored them....

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Paris. I don't think I have a favorite. There's so many to love!

Hop on Pop was always a favorite of the kids because they thought it was an excuse to jump on Dad, Vicki.

I agree Jean. He's a legend.

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