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Motivating children to read important

When we received the letter to the editor this week pertaining to the NEA promoted Read Across American observance, I couldn't help but think how quickly a year passes. In the past, our photographer paid a visit to a local school and captured the essence of the day devoted to Dr. Seuss, as students and staff wholeheartedly participated in the reading event, with several also dressing the part of their favorite literary character, with those from the "Cat in the Hat" topping the list.

What a wonderful program this has grown into since its beginning eight years ago - generating enthusiasm for reading nationwide and focusing attention on how important it is to motivate children to read.

And what better way to do it than with Dr. Seuss, the most beloved children's book author of all time. His use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need in order to be successful and develop a lifetime love of reading.

At the time of his death on Sept. 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss (born Theodore Seuss Geisel) had written and illustrated 44 children's books translated into more than 15 languages, with over 200 million copies finding their way into homes and hearts around the world. Among the more popular "Green Eggs and Ham," "Oh, the Places You'll Go," "Fox in Socks," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

We would encourage anyone with a young child, or with grandchildren, to take a few extra minutes from your day on Sunday, March 2 (Seuss's birthday) or Monday, March 3 (the day for school observations), to sit down and read to your little one, or if they are old enough to read to you, have then share their favorite Seuss story. It will be some of the most valuable, rewarding time you'll ever spend.