Afro Latina actress, singer and songwriter Christina Milian is doing a video reading of one of her children’s favorite books — for a good cause. Milian is reading Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic “Green Eggs and Ham,” kicking off a monthlong literacy event starting Monday that will give Dr. Seuss books to hundreds of children who celebrate birthdays in March and whose families are homeless, reports NBC News.
“Dr. Seuss books are story time favorites at our house and were some of the very first books I read to my own kids,” Milian said. “When the whole family gets together to read, something magical happens and I love experiencing that firsthand with my own kids.”
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 English — have partnered with the Birthday Party Project, a nonprofit that hosts birthday parties for homeless children. They’ll be donating around 500 Dr. Seuss books to birthday children at participating homeless shelters in March.
The partnership will also give additional books in English and Spanish for mini-libraries at shelters in upcoming months.
“Reading books like Dr. Seuss’s ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ are a great way to have fun, but also provide an enriching experience,” Milian said.
In 2022, the Birthday Party Project will be hosting about 500 birthday celebrations each month for children whose families don’t have a home. The organization has celebrated moer than 18,500 birthdays at nearly 70 homeless shelters nationwide since it was created 10 years ago.