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March 2 is Dr. Seuss' Birthday

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Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) half-length portrait, seated at desk covered with his books / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna.Today, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday. Born in 1904, and having passed away on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss would have turned 106 today. Theodor (Ted) Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, revolutionized the way children learn to read, ultimately making an enormous and positive impact on the looming literacy crisis in the United States. Using a vocabulary of only 236 words, Dr. Seuss wrote a book that interested young readers more than the, then prevalent, Dick and Jan primers did. 

Arguably his most famous book, The Cat in the Hat, was originally published by Random House in 1957, and became an instant bestseller, turning Dr. Seuss into a household name virtually overnight. Random House has since sold an estimated 10.5 million copies of the book, not including the millions more sold by Random House via a direct mail program administered by Scholastic-at-Home

“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Dr. Seuss, would say. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.” That particular Dr. Seuss quote really captures his essence, as he was more interested in making things --such as reading-- fun, than educational. And in doing so, he inspired many children to read. 

From Random House Publishers

He may have become a household name in the 1950's, but Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it. He later went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors. In total, he wrote and illustrated 44 books.

Seussville, found at www.seussville.com,  is a fun, interactive website that provides information about Dr. Seuss and his books, it also lists Dr. Seuss quotes, events celebrating his birthday and has fun things to do with your children...or when you're feeling a bit imaginative!

 

Photo (Right): Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) half-length portrait, seated at desk covered with his books / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna.

Photo (Left): Book cover from The Cat in the Hat, RandomHouse.com