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Read Across America Day in local schools

DuBois, PA – Kids will be spending a little more time in between the pages of a book today!

Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is a yearly observance in the USA inaugurated by the NEA (National Education Association). It is held on the school day on or closest to March 2, the birthday of author Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American artist, book publisher, animator, poet, a political cartoonist as well as an author.

Dr. Seuss is best known for authoring more than 60 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, and Hop on Pop.

NEA launched the Read Across America, which is an initiative on reading that began in 1997, to encourage children in reading more books and also getting them excited about reading. On March 2, 1998, the first Read Across America Day was celebrated and has been held annually ever since.

The holiday mainly focuses on motivating children to read as it improves their performance in school. On this day, hospitals, bookstores, community centers, churches, libraries as well as schools host many events.

Visit the Read Across America website to learn how you can celebrate with your kids today, as well as all year long!