NEWPORT BEACH — When Effy Sanchez's children were growing up, she didn't speak English well enough to read to them.
Instead, she watched her husband introduce them to the world of Dr. Seuss.
As the Costa Mesa resident's English improved, she made up for lost time.
With "Green Eggs and Ham" in hand, Sanchez, 48, read the book aloud to her 19-year-old daughter.
"I'm very happy to read to her," Sanchez said. "It's never too late."
Sanchez, a native Spanish-speaker, was honored Thursday morning by the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services' sixth annual International Literacy Day celebration at the Central Library.
Sanchez was recognized with the Rochelle Hoffman Memorial Award for her efforts to work on her English over the last 18 months with tutor Vicky Smith.
"She's been a joy of a student to work with," said Smith, who nominated Sanchez for the award. "She has a positive attitude and is ready to take anything on."