SUMMIT, NJ - Franklin Elementary School celebrated literacy on Read Across America Day, which also happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The special day is held annually to honor the author of such classics as Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax, and reading in general.

The National Education Association founded and administered the program, which has a mission to motivate children to read, an important factor in student achievement and creating life-long successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Book characters came alive as students and staff dressed up, with guest readers from the Hilltop City community -- including Superintendent of Schools June Chang and Mayor Nora Radest -- reading with each and every class.

The afternoon was spent working on different projects, ranging from creating favorite book characters to writing book reviews, to exploring new hat designs for The Cat in the Hat to experimenting with Oobleck.