Books by and About the Wonderful Dr. Seuss

 

Books by and About the Wonderful Dr. Seuss

 

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2. What better way is there to celebrate it than with his books? This year, I chose both books he wrote (many of them I’d never read) and ones that were written about him.

 

BEGINNER BOOKS


The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Two kids explore the many different shapes all around them. The silhouettes of things make for fun guessing and naming.

 


Would You Rather be a Bullfrog?

The entire question in title is Would you rather be a bullfrog…or be a butterfly? All the questions posed in this book are ones I’d be happy to ponder: a feather or a bushy tail, a minnow or a whale, an igloo or a tent, a cat or a dog? These questions would make for great dinner table discussions!

 


There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Beginning readers (and I) love rhymes and this one is crammed full of them. Plus the ideas and illustrations are pure Seuss fun.

 


In a People House

You can use flash cards and computer programs to learn vocabulary. Or…you can read Dr. Seuss beginner books—MUCH more fun. This is a perfect example of Seuss vocabulary genius.

 

LONGER STORIES


And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

A boy walks home from school and observes what’s happening on his street. But a simple horse and cart is too tame, so he sees other things…other wild and crazy things. Seuss imagination at its best! (note: this book was written in 1937!)

 


Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

An old man asks a child the title question. Then he goes on to describe, in detail, the lives of people who are MUCH more unlucky. A good book for perspective!

 


Happy Birthday to You!

As I read this book, I kept thinking of a friend who has GREAT enthusiasm for her birthday (and everyone else’s, too). It’s a wonderful book of celebration!

 

SEUSS BIOGRAPHIES


Dr. Seuss

by Cheryl Carlson

This early reader (grade 2 reading level) covers the basic parts of Dr. Seuss’s life. His story is supported by a timeline and pictures of him at different stages of his life.

 

Dr. Seuss

by Mae Woods (sorry, no link)

This book has more information than the one above. Each of the nine chapters covers a different part of Seuss’s life: how he got his name, his early life, his time in the army, The Cat in the Hat, and more.

 

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss

by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

This picture book shows Seuss’s early life through his early 20s. It shows his growing up, spending time at the zoo where his father worked, dealing with bullies, his constant drawing, and his beginning adulthood in New York City.

 


Oh, the Places He Went: A Story about Dr. Seuss

by Maryann N. Weidt, illustrated by Kerry Maguire

Of the four biographies listed here, this one has the most information. Written for upper elementary, it’s chock-full of interesting highlights of Seuss’s life and career, plus the background about some of his books.

 

Looking for more Dr. Seuss books? Click here for last year’s bunch.

 

Dr. Seuss rules!

Gail

 

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