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Promoting the importance of early literacy for all schoolchildren in New Jersey, members of the Christie Administration shared the joy of reading with students across the state as part of the national “Read Across America” initiative.  The annual event marks the birthday of noted children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake read to kindergarten students at Trenton’s PJ Hill Elementary School on Friday, March 2.

She said, “Reading to a child is a simple but enjoyable way for caregivers to take time out of their busy day to focus on family. Aside from the lifelong educational benefits that reading can produce for children, reading aloud is also a wonderfully nurturing activity that brings a caregiver and child closer together. This bonding experience not only fosters better communication and possibility for kids of all ages, but builds a stronger relationship that can last a lifetime. By reading together, we can help create some of the most wonderful and priceless memories for children.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield Mass. He wrote over 60 books. Most books were published under his well-known pseudonym, Dr. Seuss. This year marks the fifteenth annual celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday.

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