March 2

Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss
Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

Brilliant writers enable us to stand in someone else’s shoes and identify with their hopes and struggles — even if they do not look like us or share our beliefs.  They transport us to distant times and faraway lands, and today we honor a storyteller who brought these new worlds into classrooms and bedrooms all around the globe.  The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students.  His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Excerpt from President Obama’s proclamation today

In addition to today being Dr. Seuss’ birthday, today is the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. It is a day devoted to motivating our children and ourselves to read more. One way NEA is promoting this day is through its Cat-a-Van Tour that is giving away $100,000 in books, grants and treat.  Since Dr. Seuss was one of  our most celebrated and prolific children’s author, it is the perfect occasion to look at the world of books and how information we feed ourselves can encourage our growth and learning or keep us small-minded and uninformed. Even though he passed away in 1991, his books remain a staple of childhood and in July a new book:  What Pet Should I Get? will be launched. What type of books do you read? What kind of books do you encourage your children to read? Do you keep books in your home so your children can explore? Why? Why not?


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss
Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss
Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss
Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904 and would have celebrated another birthday today. He wrote under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone (for one book) and was a writer, poet, and cartoonist. His children’s books placed him in the hearts and minds of parents and children around the world and motivated many of us to continue to read and explore the realm of creative expression.  His 46 children’s books are in our collective memories for life; his impact crossed generations of readers. If you read any of his books, you know they were about encouraging children to learn, explore and try new things. He motivated them with storytelling and pictures and beautifully framed words. I chose this topic for our Motivation Mondays because an important key to our self-improvement, is our ability to learn new things and our drive to improve ourselves. Reading widely is an important way to stay motivated and in touch with our interests.   What type of books do you read to stay motivated? How do you refresh your mind and stay inspired?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March are:
03/02 – READ
03/09 – Patience
03/16 – Responsibility
03/23 – Health 
03/30 – Strength

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“Step with care and great tact ,and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: READ - Honoring Dr. Seuss
Motivation Mondays: READ – Honoring Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. Dr. Seuss

I grew up reading Dr Seuss’ hysterically funny, brilliant, and whimsical books that were written for children; but truly for all ages. When I had children of my own, I bought his book collections for them, and we read those rhyming, nonsensical, absolutely outlandish but incredibly entertaining and encouraging books together. The Sneetches, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, and Cat in the Hat were some of my favorites. Another book, The Lorax, was made into a movie and deputed across the US.. Dr Seuss wrote 46 children’s books (over 60 books if we include those he wrote as Theo LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone). It is terrific that his birthday was adopted as the official date for National Read Across America Day. However, what caught my attention when I went looking for information on his life was his short-lived attempt at writing for adults. Writing books for adults was not as exciting or motivating to Dr Seuss as his niche in the children’s book market. This information lit a light bulb in my head because some of us hold onto things that neither interest us nor motivate us to get up and go. What are you passionate about? What gets your creative juices flowing?

Dr Seuss had phenomenal success with his children’s books; over 222 million copies sold and translated in 15 languages. He tried his hand at adult literature and wrote three adult books: The Seven Lady Godivas (1939; reprinted 1987); about 7 naked sisters sharing their stories on their search for “horse truths,” You’re Only Old Once! (1986; Geisel was 82); about an elderly man’s visit to the Golden Years Clinic and his experiences there, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (January 22, 1990); about the journey of life and its challenges, including a stop at The Waiting Place where people are always waiting for something to happen. That book had the famous line “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed.).” Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was Dr Seuss last book and the most popular of the three. The most important lesson I learned from his life is that he knew what his strengths as a children’s author was and focused on that area. He didn’t continue with his adult books and we can learn that to stay motivated, it’s imperative that we pursue what we truly love. If we only write for ratings and rankings, eventually we will either get bored or frustrated with our game. Stay in tune with who you are and follow your heart’s calling. What are you currently reading? What would you love to read? Come back later for some of my favorite recommendations. What uplifting, motivating and inspiring book have you read of late? How are you applying it to your life?

Positive Motivation Tip:  Reading opens exciting doors to our mind and creative spirit. To stay motivated and inspired, READ!

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Dr Seuss, NEA Read Across America, Dr Seuss @ Butler Library, via Wikipedia.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet



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  • THis is an amazing dedication to a man who made a great contribution to children’s literature

  • We celebrated by doing some crafts this past weekend. He was a brilliant author, that’s for sure.

  • I absolutely love Dr. Seuss. He was a genius, and his stories are forever classics.

  • We love Dr. Seuss in our home. My mom kept all my Dr. Seuss books from when I was a kid and I have passed them to my children who love to read them.

  • Dr. Seuss for sure has a great motivation list! I love all of his quotes and use them all of the time! Great post for honoring him!

  • My kids school is closed today so we devoted a long time in reading commemorating Dr. Seuss day! It’s great to read with kids.

  • Dr. Seuss was part of the reason my kids grew up to love reading. His books were a big part of their childhoods.

  • For all of Dr. Seuss’s silly rhymes, I think he was a brilliant man with a deep awareness of childhood and a love for reading (and writing). So grateful for Dr. Seuss!

  • We love Dr. Seuss in our house. We still have all my sons books. We had green eggs and ham for dinner tonight.

  • As a teacher, I have a love of Dr. Seuss! 🙂 We are celebrating Read Across America this week and it’s so fun to see the kids get excited about reading.

  • Dr. Seuss is such an important role model in children’s lives! We love his books!

  • Read Across America is AMAZING. I already believe in encouraging and raising readers. It also doesn’t hurt that my son and Dr. Seuss share a birthday!

  • I just love Dr.Seuess!!! So happy my daughter is finally old enough to enjoy his stories as well 🙂

  • Dr.Seuss is one of my all-time favorite authors. I wrote a speech about him and his life while in high school and he was fascinating. His stories keep my young readers captivated and as a Mom, I still appreciate the stories.

  • Aw, I rememeber when my daughter was younger and they celebrated this day every year at school. Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss??

  • As a kid Dr. Seuss scared me! But, now I so appreciate his work and love the rhyming and sensibility

  • yay for dr seuss! As a teacher and a reading specialist, this is one of my favorite days of the year!

  • I love Dr. Seuss! We have so many Dr. Seuss books around here and its now Dr. Seuss week at my son’s school. They do lots of fun things this week in the reading and rhyming departmet.

  • I grew up reading Dr. Seuss! He’s such an original, and learned loads from his books!

  • Hokey smokes, that’s a lot of giveaways!! My son’s school just started a book giveaway (everyone is supposed to bring in a book to donate in the month of March), and I think that’s going to be fun. We bought a Dr. Suess book to donate, since it’s his birthday month. 🙂

  • i have always loved Dr Seuss. I grew up with him and so did my husband and in fact some of our most treasured books are the ones that he saved from his childhood. Now we read Dr. Seuss to our kids and they very much into it still even though the youngest one is now 10. Dr. Seuss is timeless!

  • I’ve always loved reading your post. i remember one speaker in a conference I attended he said “If you keep learning you keep earning, if you stop learning, you stop earning.” I could relate those lines to your “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” of Dr. Seuss

  • How awesome is the Cat In A Hat tour? Would love to see that with my daughter – Dr Seuss books are awesome! Sim – Manchester Mummy x

  • There is Dr Seuss all over our house. my daughter absolutely loves him. At 3 years old she can recite many of his books by heart.

  • I just bought a brand new boxed set of Dr.Seuss books for me kids! They love them! No one compares to him 😉

  • I’ve been a fan of Dr. Seuss since I was a kid. My son is also a huge fan of his, and loves his books as much as I do. 🙂

  • I’ve never actually seen a picture of Dr. Seuss or read much about him. I really like that Wiki pic with those facts about him. It’s great to read about some of the other things he did and wrote!

  • My kids are teen+ and we still quote our favorite Seuss books! My all-time favorite is Go Dog Go! “Do you like my hat?”

  • When I was a child I never really paid attention to his rhymes, I just loved the way they sounded together. Now that I have I think he may have been my inspiration when I was younger to just be me and not care what others thought about me.

  • I always loved Dr. Seuss books as a child and can’t wait to get into them with my youngest. My favorites are In A People House and Oh Say, Can You Say.

  • Elizabeth, all your writings are either motivational or inspirational. I really enjoy this piece. As usual I always take a quote.

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

  • I grew up on Dr Seuss and so have my kids. There is nothing cooler than that. My husband has several of his books from his childhood and we have passed them on to the girls. They are a favourite here.

  • I love Dr Seuss books. I think my favorite books are: green eggs and ham, cat in the hat, and the foot book.

  • Such an amazing man, who’s originality transcends time. I wish I could be a little kid again and have his stories read to me.

    • His stuff really is timeless. Our 3 year old is starting to get into him now, following in older siblings steps, along with mom and dad. He and Shel Silverstein don’t get nearly the credit they should

  • I love Dr Seuss and all of the books. They are such a fun inspiration. Can’t wait to introduce them to my daughter.

  • Love dr. Seuss. I grew up reading his books and now my daughter is as equally obsessed. What an iconic author.

  • Dr. Seuss was a huge inspiration in my life. His stories, I carried with me. He was one of my first glimpses into the writing world.

  • That was a wonderful quote from Dr.Seuss on reading & learning. Dr.Seuss is one my favorites for being such a motivator & he has inspired many in his life time for sure. Thanks for the great write-up to honor the great man.

  • He is truly inspiring and amazing. Dr. Seuss books and characters have been known a long time and doesn’t ever seem to be wearing off. I love that we’re honoring him this way.

  • Dr. Seuss stories really made our childhood much more special. It’s still nice to look back at those stories and the lessons in it.

  • We love Dr Seuss book… was great to little a little bit about the history. thankyou for sharing.

  • A perfect tribute to a man who dedicated much of his time to children literature. Sad that I have read only a few of his books. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is also my fave

  • Whenever I need motivation I like reading the quotes and sayings of Dr. Seuss because they help me stay positive and discover my inner strength. His stories are universal, both kids and adults can benefit from them.

  • What a man!What a writer!!Thank you for this post!I remember my childhood with so much love because of him!

  • Me and my kids loves The Cat In The Hat! Love Dr. Seuss for the contributions he had! Awesome post!

  • I’m a big preacher of reading. I myself try to read a book every week. I haven’t come across any Dr. Seuss books yet but I can’t wait to! Thanks for keeping inspiring us Eliz! =)

  • We were not able to celebrate and that’s because it had been hectic around here. But we definitely love Dr. Seuss! And that’s for sure!

  • We all read Dr. Seuss when growing up. They were weird stories for sure, but we all remember the Berenstain Bears and Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham with a smile. Haha! – Fred

  • I just love that dressed-up Dr. Seuss…he is too cute. I think I’ve mentioned this already, but we have the same birthday. Nearly everyone has a favorite Dr. Seuss book!

  • I have always liked Dr Seuss. Its a good thing some of his stories get a shot in Hollywood.

  • Dr seuss has really provided inspiration not just to kids but even for kids at heart. Didnt know he tried out adult fiction interesting.

  • I haven’t read a single Dr. Seuss’ book when I was a child, but I have watched The Grinch which was inspired by his book entitled, How the Grinch stole Christmas. Hopefully, I could find books by Dr. Seuss for my little girl ^^

  • I was such a HUGE fan of Dr. Seuss. My brothers were not into reading like I was when I was young and my parents loved it so they bought me every single Dr. Seuss book they could find! I really wish I hadn’t given away my collection as my son would’ve probably loved them too! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve never known Dr. Seuss in my younger years, my parents back then didn’t have the time to. But thanks to the internet today, I have read some of his quotes and know a bit about him. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  • Love, love Dr. Seuss! Looking forward to sharing these stories with my granddaughter!

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