“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”                                                                                                                                        ~ Dr. Seuss

The issue of children’s literacy extends beyond the ability to read at grade level. The U.S. Department of Education states that children who enjoy reading and read more frequently have a greater ability to count, write their names and score higher in math than children who read less.

Southern Utah University’s SUU Discover is tackling this issue in the Cedar City community by holding a weekly story time for pre school and elementary students. The children have the opportunity to read together, do crafts and learn to enjoy reading at a young age.

In addition to the weekly story time, every year SUU Discover hosts a birthday celebration at the public library for the one and only Dr. Seuss to promote children’s literacy on a larger scale. In conjunction with Read Across America, this event was held last Thursday with an estimated attendance of 300 community wide.

Check out the stories and activities from the event below!

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For more information about children’s literacy, visit the National Education Association.

For more information about SUU Discover, visit the Community Engagement Center.