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NEW PALESTINE — Dressed just like the Cat in the Hat, Millie Powers, 3, was ready to have some fun recently at the Hancock County Public Library Sugar Creek Branch.

Diana Boss, library youth services assistant, put together an arts and crafts program for kids younger than 5 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday this month.

It included letting the children make paper red and white striped hats, just like “The Cat in the Hat” wears, and hearing a few tales from Dr. Seuss books.

The children were far too young, ages 2 through 4, to know Dr. Seuss’ impact and what his books have meant to young readers through the years. But Boss said there is no better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday than with a red and white birthday bash, which included a reading session, snacks and crafts.

Boss said Dr. Seuss is one of those special children’s authors who helps young people fall in love with reading books.

One of the many traditions surrounding Dr. Seuss’ birthday has children all around the United States taking part in Read Across America Day to celebrate.

Read Across America Day is in its 19th year, according to the National Education Association website. The organization promotes reading for all socioeconomic groups through grants for under resourced school libraries, the website states, as well as encouraging parents, educators and readers to take a pledge and share their plans for the day.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or kdeer@greenfieldreporter.com.