Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Books!
Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2. In all, he wrote over 60 children’s books. Too many, of course, for me to include in a book post. Here are just a few—some are favorites of mine, others are ones I’d never read. Wednesday’s post will include websites to explore for activities and crafts. Friday’s post will have online games to have fun with.
Early Readers and Read Alouds
(actually they are all good read alouds)
Green Eggs and Ham
This is my favorite Dr. Seuss book and one of my all-time favorite read aloud books. There have been periods when I could quote whole sections without looking at the book. It’s funny and yet shows a wonderful try-it-you-may-like-it lesson.
Fox in Socks
This one is another good read aloud but tricky. The tongue twisters start easy enough but then watch out! Maybe hold a contest?
Hop on Pop
Dr. Seuss’s mastery of early readers really shines in this book. With really simple words, he created a book that is not only readable by beginner readers, it’s fun and interesting.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Read this for the wonderful sound words: moo, buzz, pop, klopp, eek… This book begs for the reader (or listener) to listen for more sounds and to imitate them. And if you need clear examples of onomatopoeia, this is a perfect book!
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Bartholomew would be happy to take off his hat off for the king. Problem is, every time he takes off his hat, a new one appears on his head. The problem continues, hat after hat, with the king’s anger increasing with each hat. Yes, there are 500 hats in all. This was probably the first Dr. Seuss book I ever read and reading it again sent me back to being a kid. (This was a shocker to me—this book was published in 1938!)
The Butter Battle Book
Yooks eat their bread with the butter side up. Zooks eat their bread with the butter side down. This small difference causes great conflict. First there is a wall and then a guard with a switch… and then a slingshot, followed by a triple-sling jigger. Each weapon is followed by a greater weapon. How will this arms race end?
Horton Hears a Who!
With his big ears, Horton the Elephant can hear noises that others can’t hear. In fact, he can hear all the people who live on a speck of dust. Being kind, Horton carries the dust speck to a flower to keep it safe. The problems start when others, who can’t hear the voices, tease Horton for being a fool. The underlying message is stated simply: A person’s a person. No matter how small.
Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker’s Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss
Included: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! That’s a lot of Seuss! Each story is introduced with a short essay by other authors, including Stan and Jan Berenstain, Lane Smith, and Pete Seeger.
I probably missed your favorite Dr. Seuss books. What are they? Write them in the Comments Box!