Sometimes the world is a scary place, which is one reason why Spectacled Bear Publishing’s mission is “Saving gentle reads from extinction.” In all the hullabaloo and loudness, gentle things are often overlooked.
To help remedy this, S. Bear and I are reading our first published book, Philip & Phoebe, to ten kindergarten classes in St. Joseph, MI, during the month of March. It’s a gentle story about a young boy who feels left out when his baby sister gets all the attention.
We are also giving the children turquoise glasses just like S. Bear himself wears.
March is National Reading Month, and it kicks off today, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Did you know Dr. Seuss authored forty children’s books? The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham are three of my favorites. And, yes, Seuss books all have gentle themes; even the Grinch comes around in the end.
S. Bear has written about Dr. Seuss in his correspondence from Cloud Forest. You can read it here.
Of course, National Reading Month isn’t just for children; it’s for everyone everywhere. So as the world thaws, find a great book and a comfy chair, and get into the spirit. It’s the gentle thing to do.