"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- There was no doubt something was very "Seussy" at the Monterey Road Child Development Center March 2. Children had been tittering for days about celebrating the anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Finally, Friday morning arrived and children donned hats and bow ties they colored earlier in the week.

Teachers and guest readers pulled out books with such titles as "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Hop on Pop."

It seems there's nothing like a book, especially a Dr. Seuss book, to get children to sit quietly so they can listen and learn.

For generations, Theodore Geisel's Dr. Seuss books have sparked the imaginations of children, however, not that it mattered to the children, but March 2 wasn't just about the anniversary of Geisel's birthday, it also marked Read Across America.

According to the National Education Association website, research continues to show the importance of reading to children: Children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

The purpose of Read Across America is promoting that motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers.

The event is sponsored by the National Education Association and, according to its website, engages an estimated 45 million educators, parents and students nationwide while promoting literacy education and community enhancement.

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