Read Across America Marked Locally

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Children's author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss", was born Mar. 2, 1904. Even though he died in 1991, he's still remembered with reading celebrations on his birthday.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child!" wrote Dr. Seuss.

The words of Dr. Suess filled classrooms Tuesday all over the nation as Read Across America honored his birthday.

Elementary classrooms allowed guests to join the celebration as long as they were willing to read a few rhymes.

Northeast Elementary was joined by a retired teacher and grandmother that has been reading Dr. Suess books for many, many years.

"I think he said books were boring and he wanted to make them fun," said Kathryn Boyette. "At the time there was not a lot of children's literature and so he wanted to change it."

Boyette has retired from teaching but her grandchildren and love for books brings her back into classrooms every year.

"There's a lot of technology and lots of other things that they do, but without reading they can't do any of it," Boyette said.

The students we talked to did not mention Play Stations or Nintendo 64s, only their love for books.... and cupcakes.

"I like reading because it is fun and you can learn new things," said Dylan Culpepper.

"You can learn a lot of things and you can get real smart, like a genius," said Kelvin Parks.

"I read every day at home," said Addison Boyette. "My favorite book by Dr. Suess is 'There Is No Place Like Outerspace'. My mom has that book. And I do like reading, and this cupcake is good."

That's much better than green eggs and ham!

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