Kids Read Across America

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SUTHERLIN, Ore. — In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, schools all over western Oregon celebrated the author on Friday by dressing up as his characters and reading his books.

The words are simple. The story–short and sweet. But the way kids connect just cannot be beat.

“The goal is to get them excited about reading and motivated to read,” said East Elementary teacher Karen Watters.

This day surely does it as you could tell by the noise, coming from all of these girls and boys.

“They know what’s going to happen now for the rest of the year, and they’ll start talking about it as soon as the decorations go up in the building,” Watters said.

You can see it on the walls, the windows, the doors, characters, like the Cat and the Hat, from the ceiling to the floor.

The school brings in guest readers, like yours truly and crew, but it gets kids involved in other ways too.

“We’ve been doing some word searches of the titles of his books,” said student Anastasia.

At the end of the day, more important than silly looks, each one of the kids can list their favorite books.

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