DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today issued the following statement on National Read Across America Day in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, one of America’s most beloved children’s writers.
“We remember Dr. Seuss for changing the manner in which we teach children to read -- especially our youngest readers, who are discovering books and are undoubtedly more engaged when a book is as colorful and fun as ‘Hop on Pop’ or ‘Cat in the Hat.’
“Today’s celebration thus offers us the opportunity to underscore the importance of early literacy as a critical foundation for our city’s children. Their ability to read directly affects their future success, and the future of our entire city rests on our kids.
“We can set them up for successful, lifelong learning by simply taking the time to read, sing and talk to them every day. And the earlier we begin, the more likely it is we will be able to close the achievement gap before it begins.”