By Joan Oleck — School Library Journal, 2/29/2008 4:00:00 AM
An animated digital version of Horton Hears a Who! is available for free to teachers throughout March, thanks to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) 104th birthday.
The download, now available on Kidthing, (http://www.kidthing.com/neasreadacrossamerica/) brings the classic book to life with animation, narration, and sound effects. Librarians, teachers, and care givers can turn the sound off and read the book aloud—just like their parents did.
The first Read Across America took place in 1998. It’s sponsored by the NEA and many of the country’s leading literacy and youth groups to motivate children to read and generate new enthusiasm for reading. Geisel, who died in 1991, would have turned 104 on March 2.