CTA President Dean Vogel and Lou Paulson, president of California Professional Firefighters, read “Boris Ate a Thesaurus” to Susan Lopez’s first-grade class at Nicholas Elementary in Sacramento.
Once again, Read Across America has inspired children of all ages to sink their teeth into a good book. Educators and parents were joined by firefighters, professional athletes, news anchors, city officials and community members in reading events celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2.
“We know that reading is the foundation of all learning, and the more that children can read well and enjoy what they read, the more they learn,” says CTA President Dean E. Vogel.
This year, we featured two books to tantalize young readers: “Gabby and Gator,” by James Burks, and “Boris Ate a Thesaurus,” by Neil Klayman and Barry Chung.
This year’s honorary California chairs were the authors and illustrators of our featured books, James Burks, Neil Klayman and Barry Chung, and Lou Paulson, president of California Professional Firefighters.
CTA thanks its partners for helping to make Read Across America 2012 a huge success: Chivas USA, the Major League Soccer team from Southern California; the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); Barnes & Noble; the California Library Association; California Professional Firefighters; the California School Library Association; the Dodgers Dream Foundation; First Financial Credit Union; the Los Angeles County Fire Department; Scholastic; and See’s Candies.