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Posted March 7, 2017 | 4:10 PM

Whimsical Ways on Dr. Seuss Day bring Smiles

A celebration of the famous author's birthday at Head Start puts focus on the importance of reading to children

The little ones were cute, adorned in red-and-white suits; parading in time, paying tribute with rhymes. On March 2 they could be found, lauding America's favorite children's author with the sound; of happy voices united in one wish: 'May we please spend more time counting red and blue fish?'

About 90 children and teachers at Hillsborough County's North Tampa Head Start Center celebrated Dr. Seuss Day and the National Education Association's Read Across America Day by wearing silly hats, and dressing in red-and-white outfits, for photographs and a parade around the grounds.

Writer, poet, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, commonly known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, was born March 2, 1904.

After the parade, parents read some of Dr. Seuss's most famous books to the children. Miranda Thompson, whose 4-year-old son Messiah attends the North Tampa Head Start Center at 14013 N. 22nd St., perched on a pint-sized chair and read the tongue-twisting "Fox in Socks" to the students in her son's class after the parade.

"Reading is very important in everyday life. It increases learning, it increases vocabulary," said Thompson, who began reading aloud to her son while she was pregnant. Now, Messiah has his own collection of books lined up on bookshelves that his mother built, and shares stories with his 16-month-old brother.

Head Start and Early Head Start are programs for low-income families with children up to age 5, including those with special needs. Get more information about Hillsborough County's Head Start Program.

Check out some of Dr. Seuss' lesser-known books

Photo Information: All images are from North Tampa Head Start Center during the Dr. Seuss event on March 2.