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BURNET — I read, you read, you and I read.

If you feel a little Dr. Seuss coming on, why not let it happen? Don a red-and-white Cat-in-the-Hat hat and head for Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Parent Resource Center on March 4-6 to let your inner Theodore Seuss Geisel come out.

BCISD is holding its 14th annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, and the district is once again marking it by inviting guests to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book. BCISD elementary students will gather throughout those days at the resource center, 202 E. Brier St. in Burnet, to hear the stories.

Over the past 13 years, the community response to the event has been incredible, officials said.

The event is 8:30-11 a.m. March 4, 8:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. March 5 and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 6.

Geisel was born March 2, 1904. His middle name “Seuss” was actually pronounced “Zoice” not “Soose” by his family. He first began using the name “Seuss” while attending Dartmouth College after the dean suspended him as the editor of the college’s humor magazine. To avoid any punishment, Geisel began drawing cartoons under several aliases, including “T. Seuss” and simply “Seuss.” This is the first time the world became acquainted with the name “Seuss,” who could later go on to sign some of his work as “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss” in 1927 before shortening it to Dr. Seuss.

In 1937, Dr. Seuss’ book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” is published. He went on to publish countless books, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!”

BCISD marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participating in Read Across America, a program developed to encourage kids to read by bringing in volunteers to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

People interested in volunteering may call Darlene Denton at (512) 715-3668 for more information.