YouTuber raps Dr. Seuss books in new phase of online book reading

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The coronavirus quarantine has sparked a lot of creative activity over the past few weeks. One of the most beloved online storytimes for kids has a new beat: book rapping.

Last week, actor and director Wes Tank took to YouTube to rap some of Dr. Seuss’ cutest stories. It has been a big hit in the online community with educators posting in the comments section that they can use it for their online courses. A self-proclaimed teacher said all of his second-grade students loved it.

Reading books online has become an essential tool for many teachers amid the coronavirus quarantine to stay connected with their students and help them engage with content and keep learning.

“I just think about my kids a lot, and I miss them a lot more than I already realized,” Sarah Lathers, a first-grade teacher in Santee, Calif., told KGTV. “I care so much about their upbringing and them as people. And I just want to know that somewhere they feel comfortable and safe during all this chaos.”

It’s no surprise that the relatively modern form of rap goes well with the rhyming verses of Dr. Seuss. And it turns out to have broad appeal. In its first week of posting, Mr. Tank’s “Fox in Sox” video reached over 630,000 views.

Some people even say the Dr. Seuss stories were meant to be read as raps.

“I am now convinced that Dr. Seuss was a rapper’s ghostwriter,” an anonymous viewer wrote.

Another mused: “Imagine if this is how Dr Seuss intended his books to be read from the start.”

Mr. Tank continues to post more entertaining videos of himself rapping about other Dr. Seuss books like “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Lorax,” both of which carry meaningful messages about trying new experiences and environmental sustainability.

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