The National Education Association celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with its annual Read Across America Day.

Schools across the country held special events to get kids excited about reading.

Students at Charles Lindbergh Elementary School in Lynwood got a special treat by having notable actors and actresses read to them.

Actress Annie Wersching of the T.V. show "The Vampire Diaries" felt lucky to share the joy of reading with Lynwood's children, as she does with her own two kids.

"It just opens your imagination and you can see the world in so many different ways. It's so exciting when you open a new page and you don't know the adventure of the story you're going to go on," she said.

Celebrating books and inspiring a love of reading is what Read Across America is all about.

Literacy remains a huge problem in the Unites States, as the literacy rate has not improved in 10 years. According to a 2013 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. Additionally, 70 percent of prison inmates are functionally illiterate.

President Obama gave this message as part of his Read Across America Day proclamation. "Books reveal unexplored universes and stimulate curiosity, and in underserved communities, they play a particularly important role in prompting inquisition and encouraging ambition."

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