Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, was born on today's date in 1904.  He is, of course, most famous for his work as a children's author and illustrator, creating classic characters such as The Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, and many others. 

Geisel began his career as a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist for magazines, newspapers, and ad companies.  During WWII, he worked with the U.S. governement creating animated training films and propaganda posters for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board.  His first book for children, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, wasn't published until 1937, after having been rejected more than 25 times.

His breakthrough success, The Cat in the Hat, came about after he was asked by a publisher to create a children's book using 220 vocabulary words.  Geisel's headwear-sporting feline burst onto the scene in 1957, and his popularity hasn't waned since. 

Geisel's work, which was the inspiration for films and even a musical, earned a multitude of awards throughout his career, including a Pulitzer Prize, multiple Caldecott honors, a Peabody Award, and two Emmy Awards. 

Though Geisel died in 1991, his stories and illustrations remain a staple of children's literature.  Every year on his birthday, school children mark the occasion with Read Across America Day, a national celebration of the love of reading, and, for many, the cat that started it all.


 

The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 1957

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 1958

Six By Seuss (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 1991

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679882824
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 26th, 1996

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 22nd, 1990

My Book About Me By ME Myself (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 1969

Happy Birthday to You! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394800769
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1959

Green Eggs and Ham (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394800165
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1960

The Sneetches and Other Stories (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1961

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 1960

Fox in Socks (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2001

Horton Hears a Who! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394800783
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1954

There's a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss's Book of Ridiculous Rhymes (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679882831
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 26th, 1996

Hop on Pop (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394800295
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 1963

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 1958

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1971

Bartholomew and the Oobleck: (Caldecott Honor Book) (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2000

Daisy-Head Mayzie (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 2016