Dear Diary,


Tomorrow, kids across the country will attend the biggest birthday bash of the year in honor of Dr. Suess.  Where’s the party?  In your living room!  By using your imagination, you can transform your home into Suessville and celebrate Read Across America Day.  Here’s how:


1.  Grab Your Hat & Read With the Cat

Put on a silly hat, and read your favorite Suess story.  Invite your children’s friend’s over for a story hour, or snuggle up with your little one and flip through the pages at a private party. Then discuss what you read.  Ask everyone to share their favorite parts of the story.  What made them giggle?  With a could of crayons and a few pieces of paper, let your children design their own book covers, or pen part two to the tale.


2.  Scramble Some Green Eggs & Ham

Unlike the character in the beloved book, you’ll love this recipe I came across on Martha Stewart’s website.  It’s sure to have your kids asking for a second helping of vegetables.


3. Hold a Dr. Suess Rap Off 

The lyrical master’s rhymes have caught the attention of modern-day musicians.  Rappers Slick Rick, Run DMC , Ja Rule and Nelly all reference Suess’ sing-song style.  Pass the microphone (or hairbrush  around and put your rhyming skills to the test. Hold a contest to see who can repeat a portion of the story the fastest without stumbling.


Hey DFTM Fam–What’s your favorite Dr. Suess tale?  How do you make story time memorable?



About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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