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Read Across America


This Saturday, March 2, marks the 109th birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel — a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss works on illustrations for The Grinch.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr. Seuss published such celebrated titles as The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and The Lorax. He was also a fiercely political artist, creating cartoons throughout WWII and drawing inspiration for his work from current issues like the Cold War and deforestation. In fact, many of Seuss’ stories have specific origins in the real world.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and his role in encouraging children to read —  March 1st is Read Across America Day. Join the National Education Association in a celebration of reading with the goal of “motivating children and teens to read.” Check out a good book to read with a friend or relative — or simply set a good example by reading in the park or on the Metro.

Read Across America logo

TM & © 1997 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and NEA.
Cat in the Hat image TM & © 1957 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.

Despite having died more than 20 years ago, Dr. Seuss remains one of America’s most cherished authors. Do your part to celebrate to celebrate reading: kick back, relax, and honor Dr. Seuss’ legacy!

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