Hundreds of parents and children were at Lyon Books today in downtown Chico celebrating national Read Across America day. It's a national event that is celebrated around Dr. Seuss's birthday, which is this Monday. Read Across America aims to encourage and celebrate reading. Teachers from the Butte County Teachers Association and the Chico Unified District Association gave out 100 free books to kids who came out. Event organizers say they plan on doing the event bigger and even better next year.