GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Grab your hat, and read with the cat! Monday is National Read Across America Day, a day to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and the joy of reading. And while there will be events across the nation marking the occasion, the idea is to instill a love of reading every day.
The undeniable rhymes of Dr. Seuss continue to fascinate and educate children around the globe. He was a master at unlocking a world of endless possibilities.
"He was such a special person," explained Kathy Burns. "Because he took us out of the dreariness of 'Dick' and 'Jane' and 'Spot.' And he brought us into a whole new world of silliness giggles and imagination."
Burns teaches pre-schoolers at her Bear Cub Club at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. She reads to students every day, hoping parents will do the same at home.
"It is so important that parents put books in children's hands at a very early age, so that they can understand that book has a message for them. A book opens up their world; allows them to have a friend when they're lonely. It allows them to travel anywhere they want to go, and it allows them to be any person they want to be."
"I read every single day."
Four-year-old Emma Tussey loves reading with her mom. She said can't even count how many books she's read so far. And the best part - all that reading is helping Emma excel in her studies.
"They learn not only to read words, but important aspects of literacy such as stories have a beginning a middle and an end, and what order things happen in," explained Emma's mom, Rosanna Tussey. "And those are all building blocks for increasing their literacy."
Families across south Mississippi are encouraged to pick up a book on this Read Across America Day. Visit your local library, or bookstore and encourage your child to develop a passion for reading.
By the way, Dr. Seuss would have turned 110 this year. The beloved children's author died in 1991.