Museums are a wonderful place for families to visit. However, we offer much more than that! We are a platform that encourages language development and literacy experiences, which fosters a wide range of visitors, from parents to caretakers, teachers, homeschoolers, young learners and tourists from around the world. No matter why you are visiting we want to ensure that the wonder of literacy is celebrated during your visit!
Join us every Thursday at 5:15, 6 and 7 p.m. in our Museum library for story time and receive a free book giveaway.
March: National Read Aloud and Favorite Dr. Seuss' Books Month
March 30: Read Aloud Night At The Museum
Celebrate Read Aloud Month with a free night at the Children's Museum of Houston. Help us raise literacy brand awareness in our community and discover the fun and love while reading. Event time: 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy this list of popular books by beloved Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Green Eggs and Ham/ Huevos verdes con jamón (1960) is almost without doubt the most popular children's book of all time. Dr. Seuss ﬁrst published it in August, 1960. The vocabulary of the text consists of just 50 diﬀerent words and was the result of a bet with his editor who said he could not write a book using 50 or fewer words. Green Eggs and Ham has sold more than eight million copies since its publication.
The Grinch ranks with Scrooge as the crankiest, scowling holiday grump of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch lived in a cave, high above Whoville. Every year, he heard happy holiday preparations and singing. The Grinch tried to end this happiness by stealing the Whos’ presents, food and even the ﬁre logs. But the Whos continued to joyfully sing. The Grinch felt remorse, his heart grew, and he returned all the stolen things and joined in the Christmas festivities. FYI: The original Grinch was black and white with pink eyes.
The Lorax/ El Lorax (1971) "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...it's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless profess and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. For many children, the Lorax character has come to symbolize concern for the environment. The Lorax has become a classic; howver, the story has been somewhat controversial.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! / ¡Oh cúan lejos llegarás! (1990)
In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss's books favorites for years. He addresses life’s ups and downs while encouraging readers to ﬁnd the success that lies within. This is considered a perennial gift for someone starting a new phase in life!
Hop on Pop (1963) This book introduces children to words that rhyme, such as Hop and Pop, Cup and Pup, Mouse and House, Tall and Small. This is a Beginner Book, “the simplest Seuss for youngest use”, that encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning. Beginner Books are centered on concepts that he considered to be more fun and zanier than books like Dick and Jane. Hop on Pop is included on a list of the top 100 children’s books compiled by the National Education Association.
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-CHOO! (1975) A little bug sneezes, causing a chain of calamities. This book is part of the Beginner Book series in which the essential ingredients of rhyme, rhythm and repetition are combined with zany artwork and oﬀ-the-wall humor to encourage even the most reluctant child to learn to read. When a little bug sneezes, he sets oﬀ a chain reaction that wreaks hilarious havoc across town. From a toppled turtle to a sinking ship to a disrupted circus parade, Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! takes a look at consequences.
The Cat in the Hat / El gato ensombrerado (1957) tells the story of Dick and Sally who are stuck in the house without anything to do while mom is away and the weather is cold and wet. The arrival of a giant cat in a hat transforms that dull day into a madcap adventure, almost wrecking their home. This book was the ﬁrst in the Beginner Book series and ushered in a way of changing how children learned to read at home. It was written as a response to a 1954 Life Magazine article that criticized the quality of beginning reading texts used in schools. The Cat in the Hat has been printed in 20 languages and sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish / Un Pez Dos Peces Pez Rojo Pez Azul (1960). This simple rhyming book for beginning readers oﬀers a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere" . . . is the way this zany book ﬁlled with silly rhymes and a colorful cast begins. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories / Yoruga la Tortuga y otros cuentos (1958) contains three short stories – “Yertle the Turtle”, “Gertrude McFuzz”, and “The Big Brag” – although Yertle is the most popular story. Yertle, the king of a pond, one day says: “If I could sit high, how much greater I’d be! What a King! I’d be ruler of all I could see.” He demands that other turtles pile themselves up, one on top of another, in a vain attempt to create a higher and throne, until the bottom turtle (Mack) burps, causing Yertle to fall into the mud. Yertle then become "king of the mud" and all his fellow turtles are free again.
April: National Poetry Month
May: Favorite Children's Comic Book
June through August: Summer of Reading
|Tuesday - Saturday:||10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday:||10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday:||Noon - 6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday - Saturday:||11:15 a.m., and 1:15 & 3:15 p.m.|
|Free Family Night||5:15, 6 & 7 p.m. with a free book giveaway sponsored by Houston Pi Beta Phi|
|Sunday:||1:15 & 3:15 p.m.|
For more information on other literacy resources please check out our FLIP Literacy program or contact Zulma Morales, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy Development and Special Learning Needs, at 713.535.7268.
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