“The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” – to PA
Harrisburg, PA – Crazy hats, endless rhymes and food that, at first glance, looks inedible. It's all part of celebrating "Read Across America" week in Pennsylvania. Public schools across the state are marking Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading his classics and even serving "green eggs and ham" in some cafeterias.
Pennsylvania Education Association President Jim Testerman says the goal is to get families reading for 20 minutes a day at home.
"We want to remind students and the adults who spend time with children that reading is important and can be fun. And that reading is a skill you need to work on every day."
A "Cat in the Hat" van will tour the state, stopping in Pittsburgh Friday to distribute free books to kids.
Testerman encourages parents to model reading as much as possible, whether it's perusing the newspaper or delving into a novel.
"Children need to see the adults in their lives reading for pleasure, as well. There's a whole world of wonderment and imagination out there that you can't find anywhere but in a book."
More information on "Read Across America" is available online at www.nea.org.