The joy of reading with Dr. Seuss was celebrated by teachers honoring his birthday as part of the annual Read Across America celebration.

The Joy of Reading with Dr. Seuss“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

That was the theme of Read Across America, which commemorated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with these words from his famous book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

Seuss’s real name was Theodore Geisel, and he was the author of over 60 children’s books, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” As his books inspired a love of reading among young children, the program aims to encourage this also long after Seuss’ death.

“It seems like the love of reading has found its way out of schools,” said Kevin Headings, principal of West Park Elementary School. “There’s much more of a technical focus to teaching reading — more focus on testing, Smarter Balanced.”

“When I was in school, teachers would read aloud, making reading fun for the kids,” he said. “We don’t do enough of that anymore. Encouraging that love of reading — that’s what Read Across America is about.”

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