Read Across America 2011: Michelle Obama To Read Classic Dr. Seuss Book
The National Education Association (NEA) will host its 14th annual Read Across America Day tomorrow, March 2, at the Library of Congress. First Lady Michelle Obama will read the Dr. Seuss children's classic "Green Eggs and Ham" alongside U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. Hundreds of local school children will attend.
The event was created in 1998 in order to get children excited about reading. On the NEA's website, the group notes that the event also "provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year."
The NEA decided to host the event on Dr. Seuss's birthday, and this year will mark his 107th.
There will also be appearances made by actress Jessica Alba, TV host Padma Lakshmi, and Super Bowl Champion Donald Driver.
Readers can log on to make reading pledges at the NEA's website. Currently, California is by far in the lead with 342 pledges. The closest state behind is New York, with 200 pledges.