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.
Two kids explore the many different shapes all around them. The silhouettes of things make for fun guessing and naming.
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!
Beginning readers (and I) love rhymes and this one is crammed full of them. Plus the ideas and illustrations are pure Seuss fun.
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!