Melania Trump reads Dr Seuss to sick children in hospital

Melania Trump reads Dr Seuss to sick children in hospital
Melania Trump reads Dr Seuss to sick children in hospital
Media captionMelania reads Dr Seuss to sick children

US First Lady Melania Trump has visited a New York City hospital to read to sick children for World Book Day.

She brought a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss, which she said was one of her favourite books.

"I came to encourage you to read - and to think about what you want to achieve in life," the first lady said in the Manhattan paediatrics ward.

The appearance was to mark World Reading Day, where public figures sit down and read to young children.

"We will read some books today," Mrs Trump said to the children at New York Presbyterian Hospital. "So do you know what is today? It's a reading day."

Image copyright Tara McKelvey Image caption The first lady speaks to one of the children

"You go places where you feel better," she told the sick children.

The first lady came from Trump Tower bearing a white box filled with Dr Seuss books bound with a golden ribbon.

"You'll be as famous as famous can be," she read, holding up the book to display the pictures, "with the whole wide world watching you win on TV".

Seated in a wooden chair, Mrs Trump wore black stilettos and a large diamond ring as she read to the children.

Media captionWorld Book Day: Children go head to head with fictional characters

BBC

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