[UPDATE]  The Bossier Association of Educators is hosting "Read Across Louisiana 2014" Saturday, March 1st, at Pierre Bossier Mall, in the Dillard's Court. Events kick off at 11 a.m. There will be free books and cookies for the kids, guest readers, entertainment and an appearance by The Cat in the Hat himself.


The Red River National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating National Read Across America Day the afternoon of Sunday, March 2nd, which also happens to be the birthday of popular children's author Dr. Seuss. The annual observation is a project of the National Education Association.

Refuge Volunteers Chantal Stricklin and Bob Flanagan will present Seuss story time and a nature-related craft session at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., respectively, at the RRNWR Visitor Center. The event is free and open to the public. Participants completing either program will receive a certificate in reading.

The refuge is located at 150 Eagle Bend Point, on the south side of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway extension, in Bossier City. Call 318-742-1219 for more information, or visit the refuge's Facebook page.

Summer Grove Elementary is also among the local schools hosting celebrations of Dr. Seuss's birthday. It'll host its program to support literacy and the arts Monday, March 3rd. The school has partnered with the Caddo Parish Talented Arts drama students to read and perform some of the most-popular Dr. Seuss stories for elementary students.

"Many students have never had the opportunity to see live theater, and our students will experience the performers acting out the story of a book," says Librarian Vicki Singer in a news release. "The drama students, directed by Shaw Dion, involve the audience with singing and dancing, and they are bringing one of the arts that children need to experience to live in our school."

Summer Grove joins schools and libraries across the country in celebration of Read Across America. More than 45-million readers, young and old, are expected to pick up a book and read on that day.

Let us know if your child's school has a special event scheduled for that day, and we'll add it to our list.