March 2 is Read Across America Day, and to celebrate our book-loving squirrels wanted to share their favorite children’s literature books! You can find these squirrels reading their books in the Negaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery, a room full of wonder and imagination where we host Little Squirrels Storytime, a weekly storytime for families every Saturday. This Saturday, March 2, we’re hosting a special edition in honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We have a special breakfast planned along with fun activities and some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Get your tickets here!
Here’s what our bookish squirrels have been reading lately.
The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes
“Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamer.” Ahhh, yes please! Langston Hughes is my favorite, and I like being in the Children’s Literature Gallery because you can listen to Langston read his poems out loud and it makes me smile 🙂
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
I love reading this story during the winter because it reminds me how much fun the snow can be! And here in Chicago it can be winter for a really long time, so it’s good to find ways to make it fun. Plus, I always keep my trusty stick with me so I’m ready for anything.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I like stories that can mean more than one thing, and this one is my favorite! I like it when good is better than evil, even if the good people are a sometimes a little confused. Someday I want to go tell my friend who is reading Superman about it, but I know there’s a faster way than just going in a straight line…
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
One day I found this book and realized anything is possible! I was even able to get my own purple crayon and draw this awesome leaf to sit on. Pretty cool, huh? I also like peeking out the window of the Children’s Gallery to watch Harold draw on that big video they play. Harold is my hero!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I love reading this story around the winter holidays because of all the different morals that this book offers. I also love following the stories of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Laurie, and watching their relationships grow as they get older. Family and good friends are what it’s all about!
Superman by Jerry Siegel
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s just me reading Superman! These comics are so much fun to read and I always feel like I can be a hero in my own way when I read them. Wanna know something else? I heard the museum is getting Jerry Siegel’s typewriter for a new exhibit in June…I can’t wait!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I love taking road trips with my friends and this book is basically about the ultimate road trip. They learn about friendship, honesty, good and evil, the usefulness of mice, and the importance of family and home…what more could you want? Plus, these shoes are fierce.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I’ve always been a little different than my squirrel friends, but after reading this book I learned that’s ok! I am a lot like Max and sometimes I get in trouble too, but when I do I like to read this book and then play in the Children’s Gallery exhibit where I can express my thoughts and emotions. It’s hard when I have strong feelings, but this book helps me learn about them!
Plus, have you heard about the wild rumpus happening Saturday, March 2? Let me tell you about it! It’s right here at the American Writers Museum, and they’re having a delicious Dr. Seuss-themed breakfast and storytime. They also have a bunch of fun arts and crafts and other activities for the kids, and even grown-ups! I can’t wait to hang with all the kids and families, and I hope you can join us and play with us too! You can read more about it here if you want. Let the wild rumpus begin!