A green cut-out map of the United States, with a photo of Dr. Seuss and the words Read Across America across the top.

Written by Victoria Billings on March 1, 2013

One fish, two fish, read fish, cute fish

Hey, book nerds! You’ve probably already marked your calendars, but in case you forgot, March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) and the annual Read Across America. Of course, this means Kennedy Library celebrated by inviting a bunch of adorable kidlets over to enjoy a couple of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved books.

Business librarian Mark Bieraugel treated us to “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and associate university librarian Sarah Faye Cohen gave us a rendition of “Green Eggs and Ham.”

But the best part of the event was probably the pint-sized Seuss fans, and their reactions to the books. I took careful notes, and here for you now:

The Top 5 Children’s Quotes from Kennedy Library’s Read Across America Celebration:

5. Mark: “Did you ever fly a kite in bed?”
Child: “No.”

4. The adorable kid who sang KC & the Sunshine Band’s “That’s the Way (I Like It)” when the protagonist in “Green Eggs and Ham” tried the aforementioned dish.

3. Sarah: “Did anyone have green eggs and ham for breakfast this morning?”
Child: “I did!”
Sarah: “You did?”
Child: “No.”

2. Mark: “How many fingers do you have?”
Child: “Eleven!”
Mark: “You don’t have eleven. Wait. Do you have eleven?”

1. And finally, the little boy who loved “Green Eggs and Ham” so much that he recited the first few pages aloud while Sarah read, and even noticed when she accidentally skipped a page.

If there’s anything I love more than books, it’s days like today, when I get to see a love of books being passed on to younger, and far more adorable, generations.

For more about Read Across America, check out their website!

// Victoria Billings

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