Christina Milian, an Afro Latina actress, singer, and songwriter will do a video reading of one of her children’s favorite books – all in the name of a good cause.
As part of a month-long literacy celebration beginning Monday, Milian will read Dr. Seuss’s popular classic “Green Eggs and Ham,” kicking off a month-long literacy event that will provide Dr. Seuss books to hundreds of youngsters who have birthdays in March and whose families are homeless.
According to Milian in a statement, “Dr. Seuss books are family favorites in our home, and they were some of the very first books I read to my own children.” ‘Something amazing occurs when the entire family sits down to read together,’ says the author, who has seen this directly with her own children.
A collaboration between Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which manages the estate of Theodor Geisel (better known to young readers everywhere as Dr. Seuss), and Random House Children’s Books, the largest children’s trade book publisher in the world, has resulted in the Birthday Party Project, a non-profit organization that organizes birthday parties for homeless children. They’ll be providing roughly 500 Dr. Seuss books to birthday children at various homeless shelters in March.
In addition, in the following months, the alliance will provide more books in both English and Spanish for mini-libraries at homeless shelters.
Milian said that reading books like Dr. Seuss’s ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is not only a terrific way to have fun, but it can also be a rewarding and educational experience.
Approximately 500 birthday parties will be held each month for children whose families do not have a place to live by 2022, according to the Birthday Party Project’s website. Since its inception ten years ago, the charity has celebrated more than 18,500 birthdays in over 70 homeless shelters throughout the United States.
According to Tabatha Gonzalez-Olaechea, a senior vice president of development for the charity organization, around 80% of the birthday children are black, with 10% being Latino, according to Dailion.
Peruvian native Gonzalez-Olaechea claims that this is the first time the group has collaborated on a literacy project of this kind. Reading, she said, is a significant activity that may arouse children’s imaginations and make them feel as though they are a part of a larger narrative.
The goal, she said, is to “instill that confidence and optimism for the future in youngsters whose circumstances may have caused them to feel alone or even neglected.” “We firmly think that every kid deserves to be recognized, acknowledged, and held in high regard by their peers and the community. And I believe that these publications will give them with a little outlet through which they may feel carefree and optimistic about the future.”
In addition to being translated into dozens of languages, including braille, Dr. Seuss’s books are enormously popular worldwide. According to Forbes, the author will be the fifth-highest compensated dead celebrity in the year 2021.
“Promoting reading and education is one of our fundamental principles at Dr. Seuss Enterprises,” Susan Brandt, president, and CEO of the company said in a statement. “Dr. Seuss Enterprises is committed to promoting literacy and education.” Throughout the year, we look forward to working with them to make the children supported by The Birthday Party Project feel unique and celebrated on their birthdays.