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National reading day honors Dr. Seuss' birthday

POSTED: March 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

Tina Meeks flips through a book while searching the shelves at the Hall County Library main branch Sunday afternoon. March 3 is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day when they are calling for America to celebrate the joys of reading.

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Hall County children will gather in a most magical way today, to celebrate the 104th birthday of Dr. Seuss.

The National Education Association is hosting the 11th annual Read Across America day to honor Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved author who brought rhyme and fun into the lives of countless children worldwide. More than 45 million parents and children are expected to participate in the birthday celebration that aims to get more children’s eyes away from the television and into a good book.

"These days, kids are more interested in television and video games," said Naromie Lormil, a library assistant at the Hall County Library on Main Street. "When they start getting older, they’re not as interested in reading. But the kids can learn a lot of different things when reading. They learn how to write better and have better grammar."

Lormil said books can allow children to explore history, foreign countries and cultures that they might not be learning about in school.

Lucia Martin, mother of Stephanie Martin, 8, said she thinks parents should read with their children every day.

She added that the books of Dr. Seuss have a special role in children’s educational lives, and draw many youngsters into the world of reading at a young age.

"The characters and scenarios are exciting and fun for them," Martin said. "It makes (Stephanie) want to read, and anything that gets her to read, I’m thankful for it."

Stephanie said "Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?" is her favorite Dr. Seuss book.

"I like his rhymes, and I think it’s fun because he talks about how special people are," she said.

Martin said bedtime is often a good time that provides parents the opportunity to incorporate habitual reading into a child’s life.

"Reading is like walking," Martin said. "You have to practice before you can master it. And in college, you just have to read. So you really have to read to be able to succeed."



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