Canterbury Reading Day

Canterbury Lower School students dropped everything at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 3, and spent 20 minutes reading in the hallways of their school. Many wore red cloths and Cat in the Hat hats as they read Dr. Seuss books as well as other favorites in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day.

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Second-grade teacher Stacia Czartoski and students at Canterbury read Dr. Seuss books Monday in the hallway as part of Read Across America Day.

Canterbury Lower School students celebrate Dr. Seuss

Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Canterbury students, dressed in red and some wearing Cat in the Hat hats, dropped everything at 12:30 p.m. Monday and spent 20 minutes reading.

Students, teachers and book lovers met in the halls.

They lined themselves up against the walls.

Hallway reading wasn't the usual; not the usual at all.

But Canterbury Lower School's halls filled with readers big and small.

Monday marked the National Education Association's 17th annual Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, which fell on Sunday this year.

Dr. Seuss, who died in September 1991, would have been 110.

Students at Canterbury Lower School celebrated Monday by wearing red, eating Dr. Seuss-themed lunches and participating in a 30-minute "Drop Everything and Read" event.

Sophie Shugart, a fourth-grader, and her classmates Caitlin Diehl, Avery Biggs and Maya Surendran sat along the wall together, each reading silently. Eventually, a giggle broke out as one of the girls reached a funny section of text.

A few minutes later, they huddled together, pointing to Caitlin's selection, "Double Pink," written by Kate Feiffer.

The classmates said they all enjoy reading and do so almost every day.

"Usually when I'm looking for a book I go to the (school) library," Avery said. "Or I ask my friends."

Down the next hall, third-graders Will Russell, Jack Terrell and Tristan Wasserman had a different outlook on what sort of books they wanted to read.

"Books that girls like to read are about fairies, and books that boys read are about action and adventure," Will explained.

And sharing books is definitely the way to go, he added.

Will recently borrowed "Sea of Monsters," a book from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, from Jack.

"Usually he will just lend me the book when he's done, but sometimes if it's a good one then I buy it," Will said. "But I'll probably buy my own copy soon. Maybe tonight."