Good excuse to read to kids

Dr. Seuss' birthday: Nationwide festivities seek to get youngsters in the habit of picking up a book.

March 01, 2000

WHEN adults participate in a day-long reading bash across the country, the importance of burying your head in a book becomes clear to children.

There's no better way to prepare youngsters for a life of learning than by reading to them regularly and frequently. That's why Read Across America Day -- tomorrow -- is so important.

Sure, it's a manufacturered event, created by the National Education Association. So what? It seems to be working.

Some 20 million adults and children participated last year on the birthday of the popular children's author, Dr. Seuss (the late Theodor Giesel).

Some of the biggest local events tomorrow will take place in Annapolis, including a "Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast and a reading marathon at the mall.

In New York, the Empire State Building will be decked out in red and white to resemble the Cat in the Hat's stovepipe lid. Miss America will read "Horton Hears a Who" to homeless children.

All this should remind us of the crucial role adults can play in teaching children the joys of reading during their formative years.

Why not use this event to start a family reading night at home? Or take kids to the library? Our job is to impart the pleasures of reading to a younger generation. It's a priceless gift we can start giving right away.

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