Need an excuse to read a good old nostalgic book?

Wednesday was National Read Across America Day, just in time for Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Schools across the SouthCoast region were gearing up for the famous children's book author's birthday and one school, in particular, did it in style.

The Elizabeth Carter Brooks School on Nemasket Street in New Bedford had invited me down to read to a few classes and for me, it was a walk down memory lane. Ask yourself: When's the last time you read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? I'll go out on a limb and guess "years." At least for me it was.

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From I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! to Green Eggs and Hamand even the "OG" The Cat in the Hat, I covered them all with kindergarteners and first-graders. All were decked out with fancy Dr. Seuss hats, including me, to add a little fun to the national day.

Courtesy Maggie Lawrence
Courtesy Maggie Lawrence
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As I sat in front of each class, all eyes were glued to the colorful pages with innocence and joy. Honestly, students could not get enough Dr. Seuss and that's when I realized how powerful this man actually was. With all that's wrong with the world today, it was a refreshing moment to just sit back and be reminded of the simpler times in life.

So my takeaway of the day is this:

You don't have to be young to enjoy a children's book. In fact, it should be encouraged. Enjoy the journey that is life and constantly tell yourself that not everything has to be so serious. Eat your "green eggs and ham" and indulge yourself deep within the world of Dr. Seuss.

His work is his legacy and it has benefits for all.

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