It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.

CONTRIBUTED - Students at Margaret Scott Elementary School relax on the reading rug with a good book. March 2 was the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, and young and older readers everywhere really let loose.

CONTRIBUTED - Another 'thing 1' at Salish Ponds Elementary School shares a Dr. Seuss favorite 'One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.' In honor of that most momentous day, children in East Multnomah County schools joined voices to say "hip hooray."

Schools across America marked the occasion with a hatful of events promoting reading and books.

The National Education Association established the first Read Across America Day 19 years ago on author Theodor Geisel's birthday.

Dr. Seuss wrote more than 60 books including the classic favorites "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish."

Thursday, March 2, schools in the area had special guests read to classes, did literacy-related art projects and held other special events.

As Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

CONTRIBUTED - Salish Ponds Elementary School students and staff celebrate Dr. Seuss's book 'Cat in the Hat' by donning their 'thing' costumes. CONTRIBUTED - The lunch ladies at Margaret Scott get into the birthday celebration with their 'Cat in the Hat' string cheese.

CONTRIBUTED - Students at Troutdale Elementary School show off their 'Cat in the Hat' hats.

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