Whether it's The Cat in the Hat, other Dr. Seuss books or children's books in general, Read Across America Day encourages kids to develop a love for reading. Since reading fuels the imagination in early education and opens a gateway to unlimited learning in the elementary years, simply helping children to enjoy books and become good readers can help kids achieve educational success and self-confidence.
Celebrated on or near the birthday of Dr. Seuss, National Read Across America Day takes place around March 2nd each year. However, many event venues celebrate Read Across America over several days to give children even more opportunities to discover great books.
Events may differ slightly from venue to venue, but the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration usually includes perks or freebies to children who donate new books for underprivileged kids, free Cat in the Hat hats for kids, meeting Cat in the Hat or other children's book characters, celebrity appearances, reading and storytelling events as well as games and activities for kids.
This year in the St. Louis area, Read Across America will be celebrated at the following locations:
The Magic House in Kirkwood
Pottery Barn Kids at Plaza Frontenac
St. Louis County Library – various locations (search keyword “Seuss” in March)
Barnes & Noble – Ladue
St. Charles County Library – McClay Branch
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