I am excited that March has arrived and not just because Spring is on the horizon. As you probably know, March is Reading Month! I volunteer at my sons elementary school to bring in guest readers from around the community once a month (and once a week in March.) I love to watch the kids faces when they see some of our local celebrities sit down to read them a few favorite picture books. Today, our towns Chief of Police was the guest reader. He read the 1996 Caldecott Medal Book, Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann and the kids LOVED it!
The Chief of Police seemed to be enjoying himself too. He told the kids how he used to read this book to his girls when they were young. His story revealed all of the meaning and memories this picture book held for him, not to mention his daughters who are now in college. I love seeing the power of the picture book in action. It is a reminder of what I strive for as a writer.
And one more great thing about March: Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess! Im sure he would love to know there is a whole new generation of fans that love to rhyme one-syllable silly words. My 5 year-old son is no exception!
Ill leave you with one of my favorite Dr. Suess quotes:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Youre on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one wholl decide where to go” Dr. Suess, Oh, The Places Youll Go!