Students across the U.S. celebrated Read Across America Day on Monday, March 3rd, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. This year Seuss’ birthday fell on a Sunday, so the event was officially celebrated on Monday, but even if you missed the official date, there’s still plenty of time to celebrate. Schools are continuing celebrations throughout the week, and the Read Across America’s Cat-aVan tour is continuing through March 14th. The Cat-a-Van tour brings Seuss-themed reading events to elementary schools, as well a $500 check for each school that goes toward the purchase of library books and other library supplies.
On Read Across America Day, the Cat-a-Van tour made two stops in Oklahoma, at Steed Elementary School in Midwest City, and at Horace Mann Elementary in Shwanee. Students were given their own red and white hat, made famous by the cat himself, and read two of Seuss’ classics, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. In Livonia, Michigan, NEA president Dennis Van Roekel read Green Eggs and Ham to students at Roosevelt School, and brought along his companions Thing 1 and Thing 2 for some acting support.
Find out more about Read Across America Day, and see if the Cat-a-Van is coming to a school near you at the National Education Association’s website.