I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

By Dr. Seuss

Recommended Ages: 3-6

“The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! is another classic by Dr. Seuss embodying rhyming and silliness, while captivating the very essence of what a good children’s book should be. Explore the concept of rhyming with your child, identifying rhymes as words that have the same ending sound (also words that sound similar and silly). Follow-up questions to the story can be found below.

  1. Do rhymes sound similar or different?
  1. Do rhymes have the same ending sound?
  1. Do hat and cold rhyme?
  1. Do hat and cat rhyme?
  1. Can you think of rhymes for the following words?

brown, read, ice, floor, see, bright, up

Tanya’s Tips:

  • Start out by asking your child about the illustration on the cover. Ask your child whether people can read with their eyes shut. Can your child identify whether this book is going to be silly or serious (couple these adjectives with facial expressions).
  • Introduce the terms “fiction” (not real) and “nonfiction” (real). Can your child guess which category this story belongs in?
  • As you read, stress the rhyming words.
  • Pause for 5-10 seconds after each page is read, giving your child the opportunity to laugh, comment, and/or exclaim at the looney, cooky fun unfolding.
  • Upon finishing the story, ask your child what the story was about. Can your child identify his or her favorite part?
  • Ask your child why people can’t read with their eyes shut.
  • Can your child tell you why reading is important? Inquire as to what your child’s favorite books are.