DETROIT (WWJ) – In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the Cat in the Hat will make a stop at two Detroit-area schools for the Read Across America tour.

Born on March 2, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Theodor Seuss Geisel was known as not only for his children’s books but also as a poet and cartoonist.

The Cat-A-Van reading tour will first stop in Livonia, and then in Southfield at the Vandenberg Elementary School.

Southfield Public Schools Spokeswoman Jacqueline Robinson says they’ve got a full day planned.

“An assembly with first through third graders, we have community persons who are coming in dressed as Cat In The Hat and they are going to read Doctor Seuss books to the students,” said Robinson.

Robinson told WWJ’s Zahra Huber that she can’t stress the importance of reading skills enough to parents with young children.

“It helps increase their reading skills, and even their mathematical skills are also increased.”

“Students that enter kindergarten already reading have a stronger chance of being lifelong readers,” she said.

Thousands of books and grants will be delivered along the reading route.

The focus of the Read Across America tour is to get young children excited about reading.

Theodor Geisel, ‘Dr. Seuss,’ was born in 1904 and died in 1991.


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