CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Thursday, students at Hidden Valley Elementary dressed up to celebrate the life and legacy of famed children's author Dr. Seuss.

It was all part of Read Across America Week, which includes fun activities and guests readers for classes.

"Reading is important. Reading is everywhere," said Principal Michael Lungarini. "Every aspect of our life, we have to be able to read, and gather that information."

Principal Lungarini encourages parents to read with their young children for 30 minutes a day. Lungarini believes proficiency in reading leads to better outcomes for students.

First graders even got a visit from 'Erma' the Book-Worma. 'Erma' helps the charity Promising Pages give out books to children all over Charlotte.

Promising Pages provided new Dr. Seuss books for every first grader. Classics like "The Cat in the Hat," and "Fox in Socks" delighted students.

"We spend all year collecting and distributing 150,000 books in the community," said Executive Director Kristina Cruise. "We hope these kids love those books and read those books every single night."

Student Monet Johnson shared her thoughts on the importance of reading.

"When you read, you can learn, and when you learn you get smarter."

Several notable figures across the Charlotte area took part in the festivities, including Panthers mascot Sir Purr.