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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted over 2 years ago by Cindy V

Posted in Children and Parenting, eBooks and Audiobooks and History and Politics | Tagged with beginner books, Dr. Seuss, juvenile fiction, picture books and stories in rhyme

Theodor Seuss Geisel, iconic author/illustrator commonly known as Dr. Seuss would have turned 113 on March 2. To celebrate his birthday you can participate in the National Education Association’s Read Across America celebration! Started in 1997, the NEA’s Read Across America program was developed to motivate and encourage children in every community to read.

And as Dr. Seuss famously wrote in I can read with my eyes shut! “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” So don your Cat in the Hat stripy hat and read.

Here are a few of my favorites ...

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop

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Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as "Day. Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night."
The Lorax by Dr. SeussThe Lorax

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Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.
One fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” . . . So begins this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Sneetches, and Other Stories

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Dr. Seuss creates another timeless picture-book classic with The Sneetches and Other Stories. Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on how silly it is to be, well, silly. “The Sneetches,” “The Zax,” “Too Many Daves,” and “What Was I Scared Of?” make this energetic compilation a must-have for every library. Full of Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and unmistakable characters, it’s perfect for new and lifelong Seuss fans.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGreen Eggs and Ham

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“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

We have a great selection of Dr. Seuss eBooks

Dr. Seuss's ABC And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday To You! by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Hunches in Bunches by Dr. Seuss
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss Oh, Say Can You Say? by Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
On Beyond Zebra! by Dr. Seuss Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Learn More About Dr. Seuss

Who Was Dr. Seuss? by Janet B. Pascal
Who was Dr. Seuss?
by Janet B. Pascal ; illustrated by Nancy Harrison

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Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books like his classic The Cat in the Hat. This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings an amazingly gifted author/illustrator to life.
Of Sneetches And Whos And The Good Dr. Seuss: Essays On the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel edited by Thomas C. Fensch
Of Sneetches And Whos And The Good Dr. Seuss: Essays On the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel
 edited by Thomas C. Fensch

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Children and adults alike remember Dr. Seuss's cat in the hat, the culinary delight to be found in green eggs and ham and the fate of the grinch. What few know is that Theodor Seuss Geisel's first book came to him while returning from Europe aboard an ocean liner; he found himself obsessed with the throbbing of the ship's engines and repeated the beat until the words of his first book And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1937) made it to the page. Throughout the years he produced over 20 of the best loved children's books of the 20th century, many with the same rhyme scheme. The 26 articles in this collection (from newspapers, magazines, the academic world and sources in between) provide a variety of perspectives on his work, from how and why he completely revolutionized children's literature to why children were the only ones who truly understood and appreciated his characters.
The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, And Nothing But The Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Charles D. Cohen

The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, And Nothing But The Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel
by Charles D. Cohen

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children’s characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children’s literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel’s lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers.
Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat written by Caroline M. Smith ; images compiled and edited by William M. Dreyer, Michael Reagan, Robert Chase Jr.
Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat
written by Caroline M. Smith ; images compiled and edited by William M. Dreyer, Michael Reagan, Robert Chase Jr.

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An exuberant and beautifully produced book that juxtaposes the secret art of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel--the most beloved children’s author and illustrator of all time) with his iconic children's art.

This comprehensive look at the breadth of art that Theodor Geisel created over his lifetime is an eye-opening peek behind the public persona into the real story of the man who was Dr. Seuss.

Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Ted Geisel created a body of previously little-known work during his leisure hours that he called his “Midnight Paintings,” and which is now known as “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.” This irrepressible and soulful collection redefines Ted Geisel as an iconic American artist. For sixty years, his “Secret Art” allowed Geisel to expand his artistic boundaries without the confines and pressures of commercial deadlines and influences. These paintings afforded the peaceful distraction that he craved, and through this work, the tenets of surrealism—surprise and juxtaposition—energized his sensibilities.

This volume exuberantly juxtaposes Geisel’s “Midnight Paintings” with his best-loved children’s books because this was how Dr. Seuss constructed his creative life—his days devoted to literature for children, his nights to letting his mind and palette wander to even stranger shores. Inevitably, Geisel created images in his private artworks that would find their way into his literary projects. Though he fiercely protected his “Secret Art” from criticism during his lifetime, his intention all along was for these works to be seen when he was gone.

It is downright absurd to make an art book on Dr. Seuss that attempts a straight chronology on the life and work of this multitalented author, illustrator, painter, sculptor, political cartoonist, adman, doodler, practical joker, and Cat Behind the Hat. Chronology is, in this case, an elusive term. His life meanders between so many facets of artistic impulses, with images cross-pollinating over years and even decades, that the chronological line of his life is as dippy and curved as the architectural elements of a house in Who-ville.

Therefore, this book is “chronological-ish.” That is to say, some things come at the right time and some at the wrong time. But just as Dr. Seuss taught us to look at life “through the wrong end of a telescope,” the iconic artwork packed into these pages helps us understand that it isn’t always a straight line from here to there that matters . . . but rather the fun of the journey that really counts.
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography / Judith & Neil Morgan
Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography
by Judith & Neil Morgan

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This captivating biography of the bestselling children's author in history reveals at last the man who had a unique influence on four generations of Americans who championed children's rights before that phrase was familiar, and who revolutionized the way children learn to read. The very name Dr. Seuss inevitably provokes a smile and some recollection of a beloved character - Horton, perhaps, or Thidwick or the Cat in the Hat. Yet during his lifetime their creator was an enigma. In his years at Dartmouth, Oxford, New York, and Hollywood, mingling with the famous and notorious, he remained reclusive and plagued by self-doubts, but never lost his love of childish playfulness.

Was Ted Geisel really a genius, as his publisher Bennett Cerf believed, or, as he himself always insisted, just lucky? In forty-seven books of nonsensical charm, from And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937 to Oh, the Places You'll Go! in 1990, his recurring theme was that children had an inalienable right to mischief, love, and hope. But many librarians and teachers considered him a subversive influence when his revolutionary Cat in the Hat signaled the demise of dreary Dick-and-Jane primers.

Ted Geisel was a dreamer who saw the world "through the wrong end of a telescope." In his eighty-seven years, he met seven U.S. presidents, but was more proud of the fact that he had seen Halley's Comet twice. An obsessively private man, he rarely revealed anything of his personal and professional agonies - or of the bawdy Seussian verses he wrote for friends.

Judith and Neil Morgan knew Ted Geisel in the latter half of his life, and here they merge their firsthand insights with scholarly research, drawing material from hundreds of letters and interviews, as well as from their subject's notes for an unpublished autobiography. They had full access to Geisel's voluminous papers, illuminating his relationship with both of his wives and providing instructive glimpses of his creative processes. The result is a frank and felicitous biography as unique as its subject.

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