How do you wish a happy birthday to a legend? That's right, today is the 111th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Theodor Seuss Geisel... or, as millions of children and parents around the world know him better, Dr. Seuss. With dozens of iconic titles and page-to-screen adaptations, Dr. Seuss is one of the most prolific — and quotable — children's authors. Plus, his birthday has been adopted as the official date of National Read Across America Day — so if you or your child has never experienced his wonderfully wacky works, today is the day to start! To pay our tribute to the creator of the Whos down in Whoville, we rounded up our favorite works.
Hop on Pop
Subtitled "the simplest Seuss for the youngest use," this much-loved book is perfect for toddlers and children who are still learning phonics. It's full of easy, punchy rhymes that are fun to read out loud ("UP PUP, pup is up; CUP PUP, pup in cup") and some later input from Pop himself ("My father can read big words too, Con-stan-tin-o-ple, Tim-buk-too"). Plus, the imagery of hyper, young kids literally "hopping on pop" is just too cute.
Horton Hears a Who!
"A person's a person, no matter how small" — the line gets us every time. (It's also way too perfect for Bumpies with little ones of their own.) The story of a big elephant protecting a tiny community was adapted into an animated movie in 2008, and is beloved by everyone from grade-school readers to environmental activists.
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Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Speaking of getting us every time, this book is all about your journey through life (addressing "you" throughout the story), and its sales jump each spring— not so much for children, but for high school or college graduates. It gives gentle, encouraging advice, like “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." With an open-ended but optimistic ending, Seuss's message lives on to this day.
What Pet Should I Get?
We saved the best for last: A newly-discovered manuscript by Dr. Seuss is going to be published by Random House on July 26th. His widow Audrey recently found a manuscript called What Pet Should I Get? in the author's California home, complete with illustrations. We can't wait for another rhyme-tastic installment of Dr. Seuss's work.