COSTA MESA — Hayden Machbank did like green eggs and ham.
Hayden Machbank ate them like she should. Hayden Machbank ate them because she could.
"I was surprised because it was good," said the 6-year-old dressed in a pink Disney princess robe without a hood.
Adams Elementary School's multi-purpose room was filled with blankets, stuffed animals, animal pillows and pajama-clad kindergarten- and first-grade students Wednesday morning celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday.
The Costa Mesa students joined their peers across the nation for the 14th annual Read Across America Day, a celebration of the iconic children's author's 107th birthday.
"We want to be kind of silly like in the books," said first-grade teacher Robyn Reese, who wore pajamas. "We're kind of stepping into the literature."
It's important to celebrate authors and to promote literacy, Reese said, adding that it gets kids interested in reading.
Dr. Seuss is one of the most recognizable names in literature, making him relatable to everyone, said Principal Gabriel Del Real.