Last week, the Caldwell County school district joined schools and preschools across the state and country in celebrating Read Across America Week, coinciding with the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

But more than the birthday or the man, the celebration honors the act of reading itself, whether on one's own or reading with others.

It's easy these days to give books (or e-readers) the cold shoulder, when we have nearly-endless entertainment options at our disposal - television programs and movies with incredible special effects, and video games with state-of-the art graphics and storylines.

But books deserve better, and deserve our attention. The act of getting lost in the pages of a new crime novel or classic romance is something that can't be duplicated by more visual media, since the effects and characters are coming to life in your mind - and your mind has a limitless budget.

While the reading event celebrated in schools, preschools and libraries last week was geared toward children, it should also serve as a reminder of the value books and reading have in our lives, and the importance of good reading habits in the lives of our children. And you don't have to be a doctor to know that.