National Read Across America Day Aims to Increase Literacy in Schools

In this image released by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Dr. Seuss sits in his La Jolla, California studio.

Today is National Read Across America Day celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss has inspired readers with Cat in the Hat, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Green Eggs and Ham, and many more. He is recognized as an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist.

This reading initiative was first started in 1998 by the National Education Association, but children have been enjoying Dr. Seuss’ books since 1937. Over 60 books have been published, selling over 600 million copies, and translated into more than 20 languages.

Classrooms across the nation are reading Dr. Seuss’ beloved books and dressing up as their favorite characters. Early Childhood Educator Kristina Spink celebrates the day in her classroom by reading Dr. Seuss’ fun rhymes, wearing Cat in the Hat hats, eating green eggs and ham, singing, and writing with her students.

By making reading fun, Dr. Seuss’ writing has appealed to the young and young-at-heart. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” said the wise Cat in the Hat.

Across the United States, 14 percent of children are illiterate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. More than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

GoRead Children’s Literacy Fund is committed to providing money to not-for-profit organizations around the world, whose mandate involves giving children the motivation to read, the desire to read and the ability to read. From every book sold on, 25 cents is donated to the fund. This year, a minimum of $200,000 will be awarded to our 2017 recipients. Applicants can seek to apply in September here.

Celebrate National Read Across America Day by visiting your local library or bookshop. Spread the joy and GoRead.