HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Lillie Burney Elementary hosted a Readers' Cafe to celebrate Dr Seuss' birthday.
The event featured teachers, students and guests reading books and poems by Dr Seuss and others in the cafeteria during the school's lunch time.
Students were treated to some familiar favorites such as the Cat in the Hat and One Fish Two Fish as well as some more serious works by authors like Langston Hughes and Robert Frost.
By reading to students the school hopes to inspire students to read on their own both in school and at home.
School librarian Shanti Franklin said, "Well the whole idea was for the students to come in relaxed and to be able to listen to others read and just a way of supporting Dr Seuss also renaissance learning which is a big program that we have in the school district.
Jas N Smith, HPSD Communication Director, said he hopes the event will interest kids in reading material outside of their regular classes. "Kids already recognize and love the Dr. Seuss books, so if we can piggy back some others in there as well we can open up new ideas and authors they may not be familiar with," Smith said.
The event is part of the national celebration of Read Across America which annually honors Dr Seuss and his contributions to childhood literacy.