Children celebrated a legendary author's birthday as part of a national reading initiative Wednesday.

Local authors from the Queens Book Festival read Dr. Seuss classics to Pre-K students at the Central Queens Y.

The National Education Association organizes "Read Across America Day" each March 2nd to honor Seuss's birthday.

Here in Queens, organizers shared classics like "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham."

“The whole idea of Read Across America is to encourage children to pick up a book of any kind to read, to further their knowledge, and also to write,” said Johanne Civil of the Queens Book Festival.

President Obama made the day official with a proclamation last year.

The Queens Book Festival is hosting a "literary crawl" for parents and their kids in Long Island City, April 7th.