Dr. Seuss wrote many famous childrens books such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His books were unique at the time they were released. They were fun, silly, with interesting and imaginative characters and stories. His books are fun to read with great rhymes and colorful illustrations. Kids the world over have loved and grown up with Dr. Seuss' stories and books.
Is Dr. Seuss his real name?
Dr. Seuss is a pen name. The author's real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel. He also has written books under the name Theo LeSieg (Geisel backwards). Seuss comes from his middle name and his mother's maiden name. He put Dr. in front because his dad always wanted him to become a Doctor.
Even though most people pronounce his name Soose (like it rhymes with goose) the Seuss in his real middle name is pronounced Zoice (like it rhymes with voice).
Where did Dr. Seuss grow up?
Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. He grew up in Springfield and went to college at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. At Dartmouth Ted, which is what his friends and family called him, was editor of the humor magazine The Jack-O-Lantern.
Read Across America
Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2nd has been chosen as the Read Across America Day by the National Education Association (NEA). Each year it's a day for kids, students, and teachers to focus on reading and how important and entertaining it can be.
Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss
- In 2012 there will be four major motion pictures based on Dr. Seuss books. These include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2002), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Horton Hears a Who (2008), and The Lorax(2012). These movies all had big stars like Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, and Mike Myers.
- There is a Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Mass.
- Most of his books are written in a poetic meter called anapestic tetrameter. Hard to say the term, but fun to read in his books!
- He joined the Army during WWII.
- He never had any children of his own.
- He wrote Green Eggs and Ham based on the bet that he couldn't write a book using less than 50 words.
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
- The King's Stilts (1939)
- The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)
- Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
- McElligot's Pool (1947)
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949)
- If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
- Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
- Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
- On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
- If I Ran the Circus (1956)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)
- The Cat in the Hat (1957)
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)
- Happy Birthday to You! (1959)
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
- Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
- The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)
- Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962)
- Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! (1963)
- Hop on Pop (1963)
- Fox in Socks (1965)
- I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)
- The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)
- The Foot Book (1968)
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (1969)
- My Book about ME (1970)
- I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! (1970)
- The Lorax (1971)
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)
- There's a Wocket in My Pocket (1974)
- Great Day for Up! (1974)
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
- The Cat's Quizzer (1976)
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978)
- Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
- Hunches in Bunches (1982)
- The Butter Battle Book (1984)
- You're Only Old Once! (1986)
- I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! (1987)
- The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough (1987)
- Oh, the Places You'll Go (1990)
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