This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
It never ceases to amaze me just how curious a child can be. I remember joking a few years ago that Little Crafter asked an average of 7,000 questions a day, and as he’s gotten older, the questions haven’t stopped. He’s curious about literally everything, and I try to take advantage of all kinds of “teachable moments” and learning resources to answer those endless questions. I like to think that part of his love for learning comes from the fact that hubby and I started reading to him even before he was born. Now, he’s an avid reader all on his own, which I love because books spark the imagination, engage the mind, and make us lifelong learners. One of Little Crafter’s favorite authors has always been Dr. Seuss. Two years ago, he dressed as the Cat in the Hat for Halloween and for every other occasion I’d let him wear the costume.
Although he’s stopped insisting on dressing like the Cat in the Hat on a regular basis, LC still loves the books themselves and even chose to do his school biography project on Dr. Seuss just last month. It’s no wonder that these books are among the favorites of not just Little Crafter, but so many children and adults with their colorful, imaginative characters and carefully worded rhymes. They make the impossible seem possible and provide opportunities to talk about serious topics in an entertaining way.
Everyday moments, like reading a book, exploring outdoors, playing a game, or spending time with a friend can spark curiosity and stimulate the mind in an instant. These individual moments eventually add up to something much bigger – a lifetime of learning. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants to create a place where everyone can share these moments and find inspiring ways to spark a mind. Every time someone uses #SparkAMind, it will appear on the #SparkAMind mini-site and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life. Did you know that while in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children? 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. You can help to change that simply by sharing your photos and ideas using this special hashtag.
The idea I’m going to be sharing is a pair of fun hand lettered bookmarks with quotes from Dr. Seuss himself! They’re a great reminder that a book can take us anywhere in our imagination, and that one of the best ways we can possibly invest our time is by reading to a child.
I want to offer these as free printables so that you and your kiddos can enjoy them too! Just right click the image you want and save it to your computer, or head here to download. Then, print them out on card stock and you’re ready to go! I also decided to laminate mine so they’ll hold up to everyday wear and tear.
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