Posted March 2 2011, 7:01 AM PST by Tara Sharp

Read Across America Day, with a side of Green Eggs & Ham

Posted in Inspiration and ideas by Tara Sharp

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

-I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss

cathat_literacy_030211I am sure many of us share a common memory of reading Dr. Suess, from childhood, or as parents and grandparents. Dr. Suess (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born this day in 1904 and published 44 children’s books in his lifetime. Originally, he was called to write and illustrate books because he found the literature given to children to teach basic reading was boring. His work has inspired, and continues to inspire, readers of every age.

In commemoration of Dr. Suess’ birthday, the National Education Association has dedicated March 2 to the memory of Dr. Suess by celebrating Read Across America Day for the last twelve years. School children across the country will be reading all  day. By celebrating reading in schools, the day is also bringing awareness to literacy issues. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, as many as one in every four children could not read in 2003; literacy is tied to education, economic stability and crime.

Many of our offices across the West have supported literacy programs over the years, as well as organizations that help fill in the gaps; after-school and education programs that provide additional support for children in need. Today is an exciting day to celebrate reading and education. Not only is reading an important foundation for life-long learning, but it also opens the door to creativity and imagination, worlds only literature can create.

Today is a great day to share your favorite books with a child you know. What is your favorite book from childhood? What are your favorite books to share with your children or grandchildren?