“I promise to read each day and each night. I know it’s the key to growing up right,” pledged a group of nearly 300 school children wearing red and white stovepipe hats on Tuesday, March 2, at the Library of Congress.
The children, from local Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. elementary schools, were gathered for the 13th annual “Read Across America Day” celebration, sponsored by the National Education Association. Nearly 45 million children and adults across the country were expected to participate in this year’s national program, which annually encourages children and communities to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved children’s book author better known as Dr. Seuss.
First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the celebration by reading “The Cat in the Hat,” the classic Dr. Seuss story that, for more than 50 years, has inspired children to imagine and to believe in a mischievous cat wearing a tall, red and white hat. Mrs. Obama noted that the first family reads all the time and that her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are allowed to stay up at night for an extra 30 minutes if they are reading. Secretary Duncan joined in the celebration by reading “Horton Hears a Who,” one of 48 books that Dr. Seuss authored and illustrated during his career.
NEA’s Read Across America initiative provides teachers, parents, and children with resources and activities that will help them to keep reading, not just on March 2, but every day of the year. For more information, please visit http://www.nea.org/readacross.
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