SAN ANTONIO -

The Read Across America tour brought the Cat in the Hat to Spicewood Park Elementary school to help students learn to love reading.

The National Education Association's reading tour had stops planned in four Texas cities.

NEA officials said they hope that bringing joy to reading will help the students get in the habit of reading.

The pre-K through second-grade students wore striped hats while an NEA committee member read to them.

"It generates excitement. It generates the love for reading, and with celebrating Dr. Seuss, and the theme for Dr. Seuss being the best that you can be and moving forward," said Albert De La Cruz, principal at Spicewood Park Elementary.

Each students also got a book to take home.

"It is wonderful to have our kids build their libraries at home. Once they have books in their hand and they can take home and read their books, we want to promote that," said De La Cruz. "To begin reading at home, after school on the weekends. If we can get for our kids to do that, that is a major accomplishment."

NEA officials hopes getting kids to read daily will help them continue reading in middle school, high school and beyond.

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