Believing In Reading

Senator Reilly, Read Across America

Senator Ed Reilly donating Believing In Horses for each elementary school in his district in honor of Read Across America Day

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss (I Can Read with My Eyes Shut)

Today marked the 14th anniversary of Read Across America Day, and this year, I got to be part of the celebration!

Maryland State Senator Edward R. Reilly (R-District 33, Anne Arundel County), selected my novel, Believing In Horses, as his book donation for each of the 24 elementary schools in his district. Senator Reilly invited me to the State House in Annapolis to deliver the books with him during the Maryland State Education Association’s celebration of Read Across America.

The National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Read Across America Day, which falls on or around Dr. Seuss’s birthday annually, is the nation’s largest reading event. Senator Reilly and I will each be visiting schools to read and discuss Believing In Horses in a continuing celebration of Read Across America throughout the year.

Of course, I couldn’t attend the event and meet the Cat in the Hat WITHOUT bringing my brother, Eddy, who has been a tremendous inspiration and help to me during the entire writing process. Eddy, a former teacher and current Educational Consultant, developed the comprehensive Discussion Guides and Activities available free of charge on my website. If you haven’t seen his spectacular work, including a section for homeschoolers, please take a look by clicking here.

Valerie, Cat in the Hat, Eddy

Valerie and Eddy Ormond with the Cat in the Hat, Read Across America Day

The NEA’s goal is to show America’s children the joy of reading–on March 2nd, and every day. For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, visit and learn of other reading celebrations coast to coast.

Also, check out Maryland Family Magazine’s great suggestions for parents and reading:

I hope everyone had as spectacular a March 2nd as I did. In closing, my wish for you:

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)


  1. Mr. eGuest Says:

    And “pass along” she did! Thank you, Eric, for the kind words and taking the time to review “these valuable resources.” I hope you are able to make use of them, too. The teacher part of me just couldn’t help scribbling notes about corresponding activities, comprehension questions and vocabulary words in the margins of the first manuscript my sister, Valerie, had given me to read while I awaited Jury Duty selection. I happily scrawled notes for two days but, sadly, was one of the many not chosen to participate in this civic duty. I guess waiting counts, though!

    A bit more about government, if I may. I was very honored to help my sister bring her books to the Maryland State House and speak with Senator Reilly. The Senator made both of our hearts leap after his aide asked him to step away and take a picture with the “Cat in the Hat” and indicated he would do that later because my sister “was the important person right now.” In this manner he showed us his constituents came first and validated our sibling belief that there is good in government. That day, his name was Ed Reilly.

    P.S. You’ve got to read the book to find out how much more moving the moment was for the author!

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I just love the energy my kids have for reading with all the celebrations and activities.

    Your experience on March 2nd was very cool. I appreciate you sharing it with me. What an honor to have your book chosen.

    I love the idea of having activities to accompany your book on your website. As a former teacher, these resources are so valuable.


    • Thank you, Eric. I like your idea, too, of hosting authors on their birthdays — a great idea.
      I have to give the credit for the activities on my web site to my brother, a former teacher, like you. I can not believe the amount of work he put into these, but it shows! I’ll pass along your words. – Valerie