Dr. Seuss is one of the most well-known and celebrated authors of all times. Known best for his fun, poem-based books, such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ work can be found in just about any classroom or on any children’s bookshelf.
Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts. During his 87 years on this planet, he wrote over 40 different children’s books, many of which are still best sellers to this day!
In honor of his birthday, here are some fun, lesser known facts about Dr. Seuss:
- If you are like most people, you probably pronounce his name as “Doctor Soose”. This was actually the wrong pronunciation at the beginning! When he would say his name, he would pronounce it “Soice,” as in rhyming with “voice”. After some time of correcting everyone on the pronouncing, he eventually conceded to the pronunciation we all use today.
- Dr Seuss actually began as a writer of political cartoons. While he believed in using his talents to invoke a certain stance or point of view, he did not believe in beginning the writing of his stories with a set specific moral in mind. He was, however, very subversive in his writings, secretly expressing his views on everything from environmentalism to racial equality to anti-consumerism.
- While Dr Seuss was Theodor Geisel’s most known pen name, he actually had several. He went by Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss, and the one all know and love, Dr Seuss.
- His book “Green Eggs and Ham” was actually written based off of a dare. Dr. Seuss was was told that he wouldn’t be able to write an entire book using 50 words or less. As it turns out, he wrote the book using exactly 50 different words.
- Dr Seuss’ first book was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and it was published in 1937. Before the book was chosen to be published, it was rejected 27 times!
This March 2nd, take a few minutes to read The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or one of your other favorite Dr Seuss books. We are sure you won’t be disappointed!