Fun with Cat in the Hat

Events

February 27, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

Who doesn't have a Dr. Seuss moment stored in his or her memory -- maybe a line from Sam-I-Am, or an inspiration from "Oh the Places You'll Go"? March 2 would have been Dr. Seuss' (a k a Theodor Geisel's) 96th birthday, and three years ago the National Education Association decided that's the perfect day to celebrate "Read Across America."

The annual program began as a way to rally enthusiasm for reading with children through activities such as celebrity story readings, community contests and birthday bash fun with the Cat in the Hat. In the last two years, more than 20 million kids and adults have participated.

This year, the Cat in the Hat will make a splash at the New York Stock Exchange, where he rings the opening bell Tuesday, and his hat will take center stage Wednesday and Thursday when the Empire State Building is transformed into a giant red and white twinkling chapeau.

For other events, visit the Read Across America Web site (www.nea.org/read across), where you'll find ideas for celebrating. Local events will be listed in Thursday's Live section of The Sun, where children's reading events will be included starting this week.

If you'd rather celebrate at home, Read Across America suggests scrambling up your own green eggs by adding blue food coloring, creating an alphabet book with your kids by cutting out letters from magazines and pasting them onto construction paper, or rearranging comic strip panels and racing the clock to put them back in order.

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