MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Matthew C. Perry Elementary School children and parents celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books together in classrooms here, March 2.<br /> <br /> The birthday of Dr. Seuss is a highlight of Read Across America Week, a national observance created in 1998 as a way for schools to celebrate reading, motivate children to become lifelong readers and allow every child to read in the company of a caring adult.<br /> <br /> “Schools all across America join together this week and celebrate the joy of reading,” said Charlene Harris, M.C. Perry Elementary School educator. ”It’s a time when reading becomes the forefront of education.”<br /> <br /> Some students formed circles around parents as they shared their favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes, riddles and tonguetwisters.<br /> <br /> “Some of the stories I haven’t read since I was a little kid. So, it’s always fun,” said Angela Creason, parent reader.<br /> <br /> Other students curled up near bookshelves or formed small groups to take turns reading and admiring their favorite illustrations.<br /> <br /> “I like Dr. Seuss books a lot,” said Corinne Compton, 6, M.C. Perry Elementary School student. “They’re funny and he makes funny words up like ‘wocket in my pocket’.”<br /> <br /> “My favorite Dr. Seuss books are ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Cat in the Hat’,” said Richard Parlowski, 9, M.C. Perry Elementary school student. “They are really fun to read.”<br /> <br /> School-wide activities allowed students to show off their wackiest, tackiest Whoville fashion sense in character costumes.<br /> <br /> From the smallest to the tallest, students and teachers also took their love for reading to the streets during a Dr. Seuss character book parade around the Crossroads Mall, March 4.<br /> <br /> Department of Defense Dependents Schools continue to be supporters of Read Across America Week to encourage children to read and learn in new and innovative ways.