Bret Harte celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with morning read-in

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One book, two books, fiction book, true book.

Each year, schools across the country celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (Wednesday, March 2) as Read Across America Day, an opportunity for community members to demonstrate the joys of literacy by reading to kids.

At Bret Harte Elementary School, pajama-clad students were treated to a morning read-in with Superintendent José L. Banda, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and other volunteers from the community.

Superintendent Banda read Dr. Seuss’ “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!” which pokes gentle fun at children who are reluctant risers.

“There is no better way to emphasize the connection between reading and success in life than to read to children,” Superintendent Banda said. “Adults can serve as important reading role models. And by reading Dr. Seuss, we’re showing kids how fun a book can be.”

The read-in was followed with an assembly featuring local children’s book author Kate David (“Murphy and the Magical Hat”) who entertained students with an interactive performance involving a box of costumes. David is married to a Kings executive, and the organization donated books to Bret Harte’s classroom libraries.