Did you know that we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday during the month of March? Or, that the National Education Association (NEA) has declared Read Across America Day (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss Day) to coincide with this celebration? In fact, all over the country, community centers, libraries, and schools mark the month of March with fun activities that celebrate the artwork and literature of Dr. Seuss as well as the importance of books.
Dr. Seuss wrote many children’s books about journeys, so it’s not surprising that some of the best travel quotes out there come from him. Let’s take a moment to honor the NEA’s Read Across America Day by exploring Dr. Seuss quotes about travel for kids.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! remains one of Dr. Seuss’s most iconic reads. It’s also one of his best books about travel and one that can help prepare kids for the ups and downs of the journey. It takes readers on an epic tale of discovery where going places leads to nearly limitless possibilities. These destinations may prove unfamiliar, but they’re also filled with “seeing great sights” and soaring “high heights.”
Besides the excitement of exploring new places, Dr. Seuss also tackles things like fear of the unknown, impatience while waiting, and feeling lonely. He explores times when readers feel lost in a “prickle-y perch” and “left in a Lurch.” Despite the fantastical illustrations and the rhythmic verses, the message remains profound. He reminds readers that they have everything they need to succeed, even when the going gets tough.
These are great lessons for kids of all ages to internalize, especially when facing unexpected travel challenges like flight delays, long layovers, and unfamiliar surroundings.
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! is narrated by one of Dr. Seuss’s most lovable characters, the Cat in the Hat. The book focuses on how books, education, and travel can open up young minds to the potential of the world. In the text, the Cat in the Hat mentions plenty of real and fictional places, from Mississippi to Indianapolis, Hallelujah to Oz. The theme remains getting out there and exploring the world.
Dr. Seuss encourages kids to keep their eyes open. That means conquering the fear of the unknown. It means exploring the world and trying new things. These important concepts can make kids feel less anxious when traveling.
A sense of adventure and wonder fills this book. It’s an inspiring read that will empower kids and help them prepare for life outside their comfort zone.
If I Ran the Zoo
In If I Ran the Zoo, Dr. Seuss’s narrator, Gerald McGrew, takes readers on a wild flight of fancy as he reimagines the types of fantastical animals that he would have at the zoo. As he thinks up strange creatures, we get introduced to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, a lion with ten feet, a Nerd, and more mythical beasts. Of course, finding all of these zoo inhabitants requires a little adventure.
Gerald points out the importance of travel to readers, even when it gets uncomfortable. A winner of the Caldecott Honor, your kids will cherish this hilarious romp through Gerald’s imagination while learning about the virtues of exploration, even when things start to feel a little uncomfortable.
Travel for Kids
Dr. Seuss’s books have become staples of children’s literature for a reason. His zany creations, phonetic tongue-twisters, and exhilarating rhymes bring the world to life for kids. What’s more, his books yield important lessons about travel for kids.
Ready for more books to get your kids prepared for travel? Check out our posts on children’s books about Africa for kids, Thailand for kids, Mexico for kids, the rainforest for kids, Peru for kids, Costa Rica for kids, and Cambodia for kids.
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