Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
March 2 marks the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Geisel, who was born in 1904, was the author of many beloved children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham.
In March 1998, the National Education Association held the first annual “Read Across America” day, which they decided to hold on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Around this date, many organizations—from schools to libraries to bookstores—hold special events to celebrate reading with activities, stories and sometimes even birthday cake! To find a Hillsborough County Library event near you, check this list of Dr. Seuss programs.
Some interesting facts about Theodor Geisel—otherwise knows as Dr. Suess:
• He wrote 47 books, which were translated into 20 languages. They’ve sold more than 200 million copies.
• He also wrote a number of children’s books under the pseudonym Theo. LeSieg.
• As a child, Dr. Seuss practiced sketching at the local zoo, where his father was the superintendent.
• Seuss spent time in Paris, rubbing elbows with Ernest Hemingway.
• He worked in advertising, served in the army, and created two Oscar-winning documentaries.
• Dr. Seuss won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for ” his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”
Want to learn more? Try one of these children’s biographies about Dr. Seuss!