HOPE — Hope Elementary School hosted a slightly belated birthday celebration for famed children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The author’s actual March 2 birthday fell during ISTEP testing this year, said Hope teacher Faith Richards. So, the school delayed its tribute to the legendary rhymester and illustrator until March 11.

The school celebrated Seuss by devoting the entire day to reading his books, Richards said.

Each class in the school spent a half hour in a make-shift “reading lounge” listening to one of seven guest speakers regale them with Seuss’s strange tales of cats in hats and Whos from Whoville.

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The day-long reading event was part of the national Read Across America program, which encourages schools to find creative ways to celebrate reading on Suess’s birthday.

This is the first time in recent years that Hope Elementary has had a schoolwide reading event, Richards said.