The 14th Annual Read Across America Day kicked off at the Library of
WASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama and Arne Duncan,the U.S. secretary of education,read “Green Eggs and Ham” to hundreds of school children Wednesday on Read Across America Day.
This is the 14th year the National Education Association has sponsored this reading campaign. It also marks the 107th celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The reading took place at the Library of Congress.
Seuss,the pen name of Theodor Geisel,is a well-known children’s author who wrote books such as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Oh,the Places You’ll Go!”
After the reading,the children were split up into groups and read to by celebrity readers,including Donald Driver,wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers,and actress Jessica Alba.
Driver said this was his first year participating in the event and he was honored to be asked.
“I’m doing this for my kids,” he said. “I want them to know that they can be anything that they want to be.”
Driver said he hopes the dedication to help get youth excited about reading will continue for generations to come.