February 28, 2011

Read Across America Day

Breakfast with Dr. Seuss

Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. According to the National Education Association, more than 45 million children, teens and adults take part every year.

You wrote and you wrote
And we read and we read
All the books 'bout the things
You made up in your head.

You wrote about Horton,
Thing One and Thing Two,
A cat with a hat
And a Christmas Grinch too.

You wrote of the Lorax
Who speaks for the trees,
And Sam who wants ham
And some green eggs too, please.

Oh, the places we've gone
Due to books that you wrote,
Have been wonderfully-ious.
It's important to note.
You took us to Whoville,
And the Kingdom of Didd.
We ran Circus McGurkus,
Oh, heaven forbid!


We fished for some fish
In McElligot's Pool,
Strolled Mulberry Street.
Now that's pretty cool.
Thank, thank, thank, thank you.
You made reading such fun.
Every book, every drawing,
We've loved every one.


Though tongues got all twisted
And giggles were many,
There's a lesson you taught us,
More special than any:
"The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go." [1]


So now on your birthday
The whole country reads,
From the youngest of tykes,
To a general who leads.
We'll open a book,
Or perhaps open two.
No matter their titles,
We'll still think of you.

Of course we'll have green eggs and ham. What else!

[1] Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1978)

Tablecloth: Painted sheet, Walmart


Red mugs: Heller, Massimo Vignelli, Macy's,
Photobucketstriped with white electrician tape

Yellow and red flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle,
Photobucketstriped with colored electrician tape


Fish bowl: inverted cake dome resting on small bowl

Bookmarker/place card: Printed from internet

Red fruit bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Dinner plates: Polka Dot, Emma Bridgewater, yard sale
Yellow chargers: Michael's, sprayed yellow

Red jewel scatters: Pottery Barn

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday and
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday and the Letter U (The Ubiquitous Dr. Seuss).


  1. Cute tribute to Dr. Seuss. I can't imagine anyone who doesn't love his work. I have a wonderful childhood memory of the public library decorated for the publication of Horton Hears a Who! I can close my eyes and see myself standing on the stair looking at all the fun displays. Funny what things stay us through the years. That would have been in 1954.
    Thank you for sharing this tribute to our
    beloved Dr. Seuss. ~ Sarah

  2. Unique idea using the colored electrical tape! And the painted t'cloth! Yup, looks very Suess-y! Fun, table & love the polka dot plates!

  3. That is just adorable, Denise. And the poem is perfect!

  4. Denise, this is such a cute table and your poem is wonderful to go with it. You put so much into your posts and we love it. Did you make the flatware and swirl on the cups? Love your tc you painted for this ts.

    You have me thinking of all the Dr. Seuss books DGD and I read when she's here. We have several and she loves hearing them over and over.

  5. What a AMAZING table! It just screams Dr. Seuss. This looks like a lot of hard work and planning, the love shows right through in your work!!!!!!!!

  6. Oh my goodness!! Aren't you the smart one! I have quite a collection of Dr. S books...the girly's like to read/listen to them over and over when they visit!!
    Thank you so much for doing this...you made my day!

  7. This would be wonderful to display in a children's library.

  8. Really fun! They were talking about this being his B-Day on the radio today:@)

  9. I did Dr. Seuss too! He is one of my hero's! LOve your tablecloth and polka dot dishes. And your poem is adorable. Lori L

  10. I missed out on Dr Suess but it is great to see him here in all his glory!

  11. Oh this was amazing! I just adore Dr. Seuss. This is a great party idea for a birthday or a reading party.

    We are expecting our first grandchild and I am fixing up a room in our home that will be the room that will be used for grandkids to sleep over and I am using Dr. Seuss from Pottery Barn.

    Loved this post Great job!!

  12. Oh, this is wonderful! As a former elementary school teacher, this really spoke to me! The stripes, the dots, the bright colors -- a wonderful tribute to Dr. Seuss!

  13. I'm a fan of Dr. Seuss.

    Nice post.


  14. What fun! Indeed, what fun I say!

    You captured and honored Theodore Geisel is a way

    That would have surely have made him smile today!

    Great job. I loved this post.

  15. Magical!

    I loved this! Took me away for a few minutes to another place and time...

  16. You have won my "teacher heart"! This is an amazing post. We had Dr. Suess Day at our school yesterday and we read those tongue twisters and laughed and laughed, as people have for so many years. thank you for sharing with us!

  17. great table setting! your blog is so inspiring! {:-Deb

  18. How fun! Love the tablecloth -- why the Dr. himself would be pleased to sit at this fun table!

  19. What a clever,charming table and narration! I think Dr. Suess would be proud!!

  20. After viewing your Dr. Suess tablescape, I had to become a follower of yours. Being a retired first grade teacher, I adore Dr. Suess! But I also adore your creativity...the hand painted tablecloth, the electrical tape on the cups....WOW...I am impressed!! This is just so "Suessy" cute!!!

  21. wonderful!! As a Reading Specialist, I love and appreciate Dr. Seuss!

  22. what a special tribe, love it.

  23. This was incredible.

    I'm going to forward this link to some teachers I know.

    Your poem and your unique use of tape and table decor items just pushed this entire tablescape over the top.

    Absolutely incredible.

    You should be mighty proud of yourself for this idea!


  24. How fun and fantastic, Denise. I loved this one. You are so creative, love that you painted the tablecloth--it looks perfect.



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