Grab a Hat and Read with the Cat
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book to read to a child.”
United Way of Greater Chattanooga is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday by encouraging kids to get excited about reading. It's all part of Read Across Chattanooga, a local celebration of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" week.
March 4 and 7, 2015, United Way will hold reading events at the Center Stage in Hamilton Place Mall. Readers will be sharing their favorite books from Dr. Seuss's library of work. Bring your children to hear one of their favorites, or maybe reminisce while listening to your favorite story from your childhood.
Wednesday, March 4 there will be a story time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with a visit from the Cat in the Hat, free book enrollments and a book-related literacy activity for kids and their parents to enjoy. Local celebrities will be on hand to read Dr. Suess stories. The event will begin at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at 11 a.m. Then at 11:30 a.m., the Cat will lead the children to the Center Court Stage for more stories and activities.
The week will culminate on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a birthday party to honor Dr. Seuss. There will be snacks, book readings, activities, one free Dr. Seuss book to each of the first 500 children to visit on Saturday (while supplies last), a visit from the Cat in the Hat, and we’ll sing happy birthday to Dr. Seuss. Children under the age of five can also complete a learning checkup at the Play Area in the Mall. Families can earn one free child's ticket and one free adult ticket to the Creative Discovery Museum for children who receive a learning check-up. Passes will be delivered by mail after the checkup is completed and received by United Way of Greater Chattanooga.
This event is sponsored by Hamilton Place Mall, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Sunny 92.3 FM, WDEF News 12 and the Great American Cookie Co. United Way is partnering with WTCI 45, the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library, and the Chattanooga Zoo to host the event and provide literacy activities for children.