Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted on February 28, 2017

by cindy vanderbrink

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.

Learn More About Dr. Seuss

Who Was Dr. Seuss? by Janet B. Pascal
Of Sneetches And Whos And The Good Dr. Seuss: Essays On the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel edited by Thomas C. Fensch
The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, And Nothing But The Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Charles D. Cohen
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 & Mr. Geisel : a biography / Judith & Neil Morgan

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