Read Across America Day is now the nation's largest reading celebration.
Melinda Bolton has the story of the Seuss-ational celebration at Edison Elementary today...
(Kari Danielson, Librarian) "Whose birthday are we celebrating? Dr. Seuss! Alright!"
(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "For the last seventeen years, the United States has been celebrating Read Across America Day in coordination with Dr. Seuss's birthday".
(Kari Danielson, Librarian) "You know, I think it's very important, it gets them interested in reading, first of all...and everything you do in life, you have to read..
(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "The students at Edison Elementary are among 45 million people who are expected to sit down and read."
(Kari Danielson, Librarian) "Cause Dr. Seuss has so many books doesn't he?"
(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "In fact, the man behind the beloved pen name was asked to compose children's books using 250 words young readers needed to know. In all, there are 44, some with words kids may have never heard."
(Kari Danielson, Librarian) "Why that doesn't make sense, your egg is so small ma'am and I'm so immense... What does that mean, Immense? (That you're big.) He's big"
(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "One of the things that makes the beginners books so special is that the morals are not obvious and the beat of the stories keeps kids curious."
(Kari Danielson, Librarian) "It's a catchy thing because they rhyme, the words rhyme, and it always, you know, keeps you guessing for the next page."
(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "And Danielson will keep those pages turning for years to come.
In Minot, Melinda Bolton, KX News."
The cat-a-van, will be visiting thousands of children all over the country on a three week road trip to spread the work of Dr. Seuss.