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Behind-the-Scenes Video: First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan Read “Green Eggs and Ham” on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Summary: 
On Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, the First Lady and Education Secretary Arne Duncan read to hundreds of elementary school students. Watch a video of them read the Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham" and go backstage as they prepare for their joint reading.

As part of Read Across America Day and in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 107th Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent yesterday morning reading the Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham to elementary school students at the Library of Congress. 

Mrs. Obama and Secretary Duncan stressed the importance of reading to an audience of more than 300 children wearing red-and-white striped stovetop hats, best known from Seuss' Cat in the Hat. Secretary Duncan said, "If you become lifelong readers you can do anything you want to do."

Watch Mrs. Obama and Secretary Duncan prepare backstage for their joint reading of Green Eggs and Ham:

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Watch the First Lady and Secretary Duncan's stage debut reading Green Eggs and Ham:

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Read Across America Day

First Lady Michelle Obama, Sec. Arne Duncan, Dr. James Billington and Mr. Van Roekel participate in Read Across America Day and read Green Eggs and Ham to students at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. March 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)