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Reading Rockets' children's literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Let's Read Across America Everyday!

February 28, 2007

Why is March 2 a noteworthy day? Because the guy who took up the challenge to truly engage young readers was born on March 2, 1904. The resulting book, first published in 1957, changed the way books were presented to new readers while starting a whole new type of children's book: the easy reader.

The Cat in the Hat by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) is truly a modern classic. It uses a limited vocabulary but presents a fun and frenzied tale -- a downright rollicking good adventure.

It has been suggested that Dr. Seuss' Cat was really a "Cold War invention." Conspiracy theories aside, the movement that began with this book is worthy of celebration: with Dr. Seuss, reading became a pleasure.

That's just what Read Across America started celebrating some ten years ago. Here are some great resources to help you celebrate this momentous day. Let's commit to making Read[ing] Across America a daily activity.

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