Dr. Seuss: Read Across America Celebrates ‘The Cat in the Hat’ Author’s Birthday

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Mar 2, 2013 3:22pm
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss…what wondrous worlds your books introduce.

If you go to your local library or book store, they’re likely paying tribute to Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 109 today.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel published 46 children’s books, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

He died in 1991. But his legacy has endured among children everywhere.

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To Seuss, every book represented a journey and every chapter was new opportunity to explore a new world.

As The Cat in the Hat proclaimed in “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut,” “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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Seuss’ creative, rhyming books have been read to children by U.S. presidents, Hall of Fame baseball players, celebrities and by millions of moms and dads.

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Today, in conjunction with Random House and the National Education Association, the annual Read Across America event is intended not only to celebrate and honor Dr. Seuss but also to encourage children to keep reading and learning.

Semir Mehemed, a first grader in the author’s hometown of Springfield, Mass., told ABC News Affiliate WGGB that the books were an easy read.

“I think what’s so special about Dr. Seuss books is that they help you learn and how to read and they are not too hard,” Mehemed said.

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