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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebrate Read Across America Day

March 2, 2011 |  5:30 am


March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, known to generations of young readers as Dr. Seuss. In his honor, it has been declared Read Across America Day by the National Education Assn. This is the 14th year that thousands of participating schools, libraries and community centers will celebrate the day by reading together. Geisel died in 1991.

Washington, D.C., will celebrate Read Across America Day with First Lady Michelle Obama reading "Green Eggs and Ham" at the Library of Congress at 11 a.m. She'll be joined by actress Jessica Alba, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others.

Dr. Seuss' works are central to the project, and publisher Random House has a package of special Read Across America Day materials available for educators at the website Seussville.com. The website on its own is pretty Seuss-er-ific.

The official Dr. Seuss app-maker is also celebrating. All week long, Dr. Seuss e-book apps are on sale, 25% to 75% off. The Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You Camera app is free.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Dr. Seuss apps. Credit: Oceanhouse Media

[For the record, 7:17 a.m.: In a previous version of this post, the app maker Oceanhouse Media was incorrectly referred to as Openhouse Media.]