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Reading Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast

March 2, 2007

Today is "Read Across America" day. This tenth annual celebration of reading coincides with the 103rd birthday of children's author Doctor Seuss, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. Community members across the state, including Governor Patrick, will substitute the many "hats" they normally wear for the famous red-and-white striped headgear of "The Cat in the Hat" as they read to children.

Anne Wass is president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

"It was designed originally to send a very clear message to America's children that reading is important and it can also be fun."

Karen Kosko, librarian at the Hagerty School in Cambridge, says her entire school will take an active role.

"The children and staff are going to dress up as characters from books, non-fiction and fiction. The kids are going to be able to see their characters come alive."

"Read Across America" is organized by the National Education Association.

Kevin Clay/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MA