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Millions Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday by Reading a Book

Who can imagine their childhood without "The Cat in the Hat" or "Green Eggs and Ham"? These are just a few of the whimsical books written by Dr. Seuss (real name Theodor Seuss Geisel) that have been an indelible part of childhood reading for decades.

Today, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, millions across America will be participating in Read Across America — an annual event that encourages childhood reading and learning. According to the proclamation made by President Obama in honor of the day, "As a nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure every American child can experience the transformative power of reading. Literacy is the gateway to all other learning, and it is the most basic building block of opportunity in an economy increasingly built on knowledge and innovation. On Read Across America Day, we celebrate the ways literacy has enhanced our lives and recommit to empowering every student with a strong start and a passion for reading."

There are special activities planned all across the country, so make sure to check with your local schools and libraries.

So what are you doing today? Pick up a book and read!

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