March 2, 1998 the National Education Association (NEA) commemorated the calendar day Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in an effort to observe the subject of reading. According to the NEA, 45 million adults and children alike participated in Read Across America 2010 after only 13 years since its inception.
While a public official here entertained East Dover Elementary students with a Dr. Seuss tale, the First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel also gave their afternoon time to Washington D.C. students at the Library of Congress.
At the afternoon event, the NEA asked members of Congress to share their favorite books with children. Mississippi Congressman Travis Childers said his favorite is The Little Engine That Could by author Watty Piper. “It is a story about determination,” he said. “This book emphasizes the importance of persistence when aspiring toward a goal and it teaches us that anything can be done when we work hard.”
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