“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
It’s our favourite children’s author’s birthday! Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1902 and passed away September 24, 1991. Children all over the world still love Dr. Seuss. In honour of his birthday, here are some fun facts 🙂
- Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel
- Seuss is supposed to be pronounced as “Soice” (rhyming with voice) instead of Seuss (rhyming with deuce)
- Dr. Seuss was a Sigma Phi Epsilon brother at Dartmouth University (I wonder if he ever entertained his frat bros with versions of Green Eggs and Ham)
- During WWII, Dr. Seuss became a cartoonist. All his work was politically left-wing and published by PM, a NYC newspaper
- William Spaulding, a director of education, compiled a list of 350 important words for children. He challenged Dr. Seuss to create a book using only 250 of those words that children wouldn’t be able to put down. The Cat in the Hat was born, using only 236 of the listed words
- Dr. Seuss has won two Academy Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and the Pulitzer Prize
- Dr. Seuss never wrote his books with a moral in mind, stating that every story ultimately has an inherent moral
Need more fun facts?
- Dr. Seuss chose to publish his work under various pseudonyms because he was caught drinking gin during the Prohibition and forced to pull out of all extracurricular activities at Dartmouth
- Yertle the Turtle was inspired by Hitler’s rise to power
- He enjoyed testing his editors by slipping in inappropriate-for-children words into his manuscripts. One included the word contraceptive.
Still not satiated with birthday fun? Check out this amazing Random House video of some of our favourite authors reading Dr. Seuss!
Lastly, a great rhyme that I got in an email and had to share with all my fellow readers:
Do you love The Lorax?
Or that grinchy old Grinch?
Which Seuss do you go to
When you’re in a pinch?
Which Seuss is your Seuss?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go?
Tell us please, tell us!
We’d so like to know.