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Campbell City Manager Amy Brown Reads 'Oh The Places You'll Go!'

In Campbell, Dr. Suess' birthday is celebrated at the Kaiser Permanente satellite office on Hacienda Avenue.

A few lucky kids were treated to a special kind of story time this afternoon.

Campbell put her duties aside, a red and white striped hat on her head and read Dr. Suess' "Oh the Places You'll Go!" to a group of children at Campbell.

Brown was invited by the hospital to participate in their "Read Across America" celebration.

"I was really happy to be part of it," Brown says. "It's something that's so important. I hope that every parent, grandparent ... all the adults lucky enough to have kids in their lives read to them."

Her favorite Dr. Suess books? The 1954 "Horton Hears a Who!" and as an adult, the 1971 "The Lorax" and 1990's "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

The National Education Association created Read Across America in 1998 and it became the country's largest celebration of reading.

At Campbell's Kaiser offices, this is their second year participating. But the nationwide program isn't the only way Campbell Kaiser has been doing its part to help foster the love of reading in small children.

The Campbell Kaiser Pediatrics Department opened its doors in October 1999 and since has been active participants in another reading program, "Reach Out and Read."

Through this program, patients receive an age-appropriate book to take home with them at each well-child visit, beginning at the age of 6 months and all the way up through their 5-year-old checkup.

"This encourages parents to read with their children at home, which in turn helps the children learn the language skills that will be necessary when they enter kindergarten and prepares them for early success in school," said Dr. Keith Fabsiak, head of the pediatrics department through email.

"Reach Out and Read likes to call this 'immunizing children against illiteracy,'" Fabsiak continued. "At Kaiser Permanente Campbell Pediatrics we feel that by offering free books to these young children that we are helping to not only prepare our young patients for success in school but also to foster a love of reading in our patients and their families. "

Bethany Curran March 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
My daughter's favorite is "There's A Wocket In My Pocket!" She giggles through the whole thing every time we read it to her.

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