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Celebrating Dr Seuss books on his birthday!

Dr Seuss’ rhythmic rhyming books have stood the test of time

On this day, 112 years ago, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born. Better known to fans around the world as Dr Seuss, he was a prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books. He passed away in 1991 but left a remarkable legacy – one which continues to influence writers of children’s books to this very day.

The Cat in the Hat is one of the most well-loved Dr Seuss books.

The Cat in the Hat is one of the most well-loved Dr Seuss books.

What’s special about Dr Seuss books?

Using humour, rhythm and rhyme the Dr Seuss books have been enjoyed for generations. We are particularly fond of Dr Seuss books for beginner readers, such as The Cat in the Hat (first published by Random House in 1957). These books offer children the chance to practise reading in a fun and lively way. Dr Seuss books have been written to appeal to all children and in my experience they can even entertain and engage the most reluctant boy readers.

Dr Seuss books are wonderful to read aloud and can play a part in helping many children on their learning to read journey. The latest editions have reading level guidance for parents and carers on the back covers: Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for children to have a go at reading on their own and Yellow Back Books for more fluent readers.

A Cat in the Hat for World Book Day?

Tomorrow is World Book day and if you’re stuck for ideas, how about dressing up as a character from one of the Dr Seuss books? Given that The Cat in the Hat has sold over 11 million copies, he could be a fun character to choose.

Do share your photos on our Facebook page – we would love to see them. And while you’re on our page, why not join in with the thread about which Dr Seuss book is your favourite, and why?

Resources and References

For information about Dr Seuss, visit his profile on the Harper Collins website. You will also find out more about the 40+ books Dr Seuss wrote.

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