Celebrate Read Across America with KQED and the Cat in the Hat!

Family-friendly events planned in San Francisco and San Mateo.

KQED to air two back-to-back premieres on Friday, March 1, of the acclaimed PBS KIDS series, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!


Theodor Seuss Geisel would have turned 109 on March 2 this year. On the school day closest to the beloved children author’s birthday, the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America (RAA) to help foster literacy in America. In honor of Dr. Seuss and RAA, KQED has put together a series of family-friendly events featuring readings of Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat, the longtime ambassador of Read Across America, will make personal appearances at events presented in collaboration with organizations around the Bay Area.

As part of the celebration, on Friday, March 1, KQED is airing two back-to-back premieres of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! at 8:30am and 9:00am on KQED 9 and at 10:30am and 11:00am on KQED Plus. Voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short, the Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick–with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2–on fun-filled adventures. In these all-new episodes, the curious team discovers how our bones keep us upright and how to identify all of the planets in our solar system.

Want to meet the Cat in the Hat in person? Here are the events we have planned:

Wednesday, Feb 27 @ 4pm
San Mateo Main Library

55 West 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402
Join KQED and the San Mateo librarians in the Children’s Book Bubble Area for readings from Dr. Seuss books, prizes, a screening of an all-new episode of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and a visit from the ambassador of reading himself, the Cat in the Hat. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 1 @ 12pm
San Francisco Main Library

100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
This family-friendly event in the Children’s Center will include a magical slapstick-comedy show from Buki the Clown and door prizes. Representatives from the Golden State Warriors will read from Dr. Seuss books, and the Cat in the Hat will come out to meet everyone and take photos. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 2 @ 11am – 2pm
San Francisco Zoo

Sloat Blvd. @ the Great Highway
KQED and the San Francisco Zoo have put together a critter-ific Read Across America celebration! Stop by the Wildlife Theater to listen to celebrity guests from the Golden State Warriors and Book Pals read from animal-themed Dr. Seuss books. Meet-and-greet with the Cat in the Hat, and then come onboard the Early Literacy Mobile, parked near the Children’s Zoo entrance, for a quick read or to check out your favorite Dr. Seuss books. Bring your sense of adventure and a camera! This event is free with San Francisco Zoo admission. Show your KQED MemberCard to receive 1 free child’s entry with 1 paid adult.

KQED is the national presenting station of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! – one of the most-watched children’s programs in the nation.