A youthful celebration

Dr. Seuss would be 111 on Monday


It’s almost that time of the year! No, not St. Patrick’s Day, but the birthday of one of your most cherished children’s book author. That’s right, Dr. Seuss! Or better yet Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Dr. Seuss was just a pseudonym he used for writing children’s books. He also wrote various types of other stories.

Geisel published 46 children’s books in all. He sparked 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series. He worked hard to publish the stories produced whereas one book usually took him a year to finish.

Geisel was a perfectionist. He was unlike many writers because instead of getting paid in advance, he would choose to get paid only after finishing a book. Sometimes, he would throw out 95% of his material before he could think of a theme to write about.

His most-celebrated books include the bestselling:

  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • The Lorax
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • Fox in Socks
  • The King’s Stilts
  • Hop on Pop
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Geisel was born March 2, 1904 and he died Sept, 24, 1991. March 2 is now celebrated as National Read Across America Day.