The National Education Association hosts Read Across America Day to celebrate reading and the birthday of the beloved children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss.
Students in Marietta will be among more than 45 million readers who participate in the national bash.
“Keeping with the spirit of our Marietta Reads! literacy initiative, we encourage adults in our community to read to a child in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” said Jill Sims, Marietta’s executive director of curriculum and instruction. “Each of our schools also has a number of activities planned.”
Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born March 2, 1904, and died at 87 in September 1991.
He published 46 children’s books, including “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who!”
Marietta City’s Read Across America activities include each elementary school student participating in the “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” nationwide challenge along with libraries displaying Dr. Seuss books and biographies.
Some of the schools also will have Dr. Seuss trivia contests for students, scavenger hunts and chances to win prizes for various activities.
Students at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy are encouraged to dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “The Cat in the Hat,” and Marietta Middle School students will get to vote on their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Students at Marietta High School will be interviewed about their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes and memories from elementary and middle school Seuss celebrations. They also will create a chain of Dr. Seuss fish in the library connecting their favorite Seuss titles.