Today, the internet tells us, is Read Across America Day, which kicks off the National Education Association’s annual National Reading Month. Good news! By currently reading these words on the Lost Coast Outpost, really, you’re already participating, fine citizen! Good job! 

Now to commemorate such an occasion in more normal times, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office employees would traditionally fan out across the county to visit local schools and read often-rhyming literature to area children. Obviously, the current pandemic precludes them from doing that, but fear not. HCSO has opted to showcase their reading skills online this year. Below you will find a number of local law enforcement officials — including Sheriff Billy Honsal — powering through some colorful quick reads. LoCO invites you to gather round and listen in.

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Sheriff William Honsal reads I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Yurok Tribal Police Officer Shan Thacker reads The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani

HCSO’s Ana Hernandez and Samantha Karges read Why I Should Listen by Claire Llwellyn

HCSO Chaplain Bryan Morse reads Oh The Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss

HCSO Sgt. Chelsea Camilli reads Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn 

HCSO Corporal Anthony James reads Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

HCSO Deputy Danielle Vickman reads Parts by Tedd Arnold

BONUS: Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson reads Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Includes EPD staff performance art.)