We just celebrated Caro’s birthday this week, and I’m remembering that back in my very younger days, before she was born, we inherited a wonderful old worn wooden rocking-chair which had been in the family for years. The boys were 1 ½ and 2 ½ at the time, and we’d sit together many times of the day to read a story. It happened that the Saturday Evening Post had published Fox in Sox in its bright, colourful entirety, and I would sit in that big old chair, one little boy on each side of my lap and Caro-to-be in the middle, and that wide magazine spread before us. I’ll bet I read that story more than a hundred times. We can all just launch into the rhyme on any verse, rocking wherever we are, sitting or standing, and continue on til the rollicking end.
We will love Dr. Seuss forever. I’d say more about that, but it’s been said most eloquently already:
AMERICA DAY, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
A PROCLAMATION: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The moment we persuade a child to pick up a book for the first time we change their lives forever for the better, and on Read Across America Day, we recommit to getting literary works into our young peoples’ hands early and often. March 2 is also the birthday of one of
revered wordsmiths. Theodor Seuss Geisel — or Dr. Seuss — used his incredible
talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all
hold dear. Through a prolific collection of stories, he made children see that
reading is fun, and in the process, he emphasized respect for all; pushed us to
accept ourselves for who we are; challenged preconceived notions and encouraged
trying new things; and by example, taught us that we are limited by nothing but
the range of our aspirations and the vibrancy of our imaginations. And for
older lovers of literature, he reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously,
creating wacky and wild characters and envisioning creative and colorful
Today, and every day, let us celebrate the power of reading by promoting literacy and supporting new opportunities for students to plunge into the pages of a book. As Dr. Seuss noted, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Together, we can help all children go plenty of places along their unending journey for knowledge and ensure everyone can find joy and satisfaction in the wonders of the written word.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and the laws of the , do hereby proclaim
March 2, 2016, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families,
educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States
to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
BARACK OBAMA United States