Who was Dr. Seuss?


I blogged last time about March being the National Read Aloud Month with a challenge to Parents to read 15 minutes a day. I hope that is going well for all of you. Since so many of us are quarantined to our homes make this is a great time to do more reading aloud to your children. I will say again just have FUN FUN FUN.



If you haven't had a chance to look at the Reading Aloud site for this 21 day challenge? Here is the link. https://www.readaloud.org/21daychallenge.html


Since March 2nd was Dr. Seuss Birthday, I will take this opportunity to discuss Dr. Seuss the author. First I would like to tell you my story about Dr. Seuss. I was a student at Utah State University, just about ready to graduate. I couldn’t believe it, I was chosen to be an intern at the Edith Bowen Elementary Library at the Utah State University Lab school on campus. What an honor to have the opportunity to work with the head librarian. She was an awesome lady, She loved the children, was very knowledgeable about books, excellent at reading aloud books and motivating children to read books. But she DID NOT like Dr. Seuss not even one little bit! She thought Dr. Seuss was the worst thing that had ever happened in the children's book Literary Arena. She felt he fractured the use of the English language and was a poor model for children to read.


Now at that time, I didn’t know much about the author Dr. Seuss. I don’t know if she ever changed her mind about him. But I can tell you, I certainly have. I believe I can say that Dr. Seuss, with his wacky characters and wacky use of words, is probably responsible for as many children learning to love books as any other author.


Here are some facts, that maybe you don’t know:


  • Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. He also authored books under the name of Theo. LeSeig (LeSeig is gieisel spelled backwards).

  • Dr. Seuss is also known as one of the most popular children's authors of all time. He has sold more than 222 million copies of books. In the year 2000 Publisher Weekly compiled a list of 100 best selling children’s books of all time, 16 of Dr. Seuss’ books were on that list.

  • Dr. Seuss is not really a Medical Doctor. He uses the title Dr. as a moniker. When his third wife was introduced to him as Dr. Seuss, she thought he was a Medical Doctor.

  • Dr. Seuss has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

  • His first children’s book AND TO THINK I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET was published In 1937. That’s the year I was born.


I could go on and on, but I will end with three quotes written by Dr. Seuss. Also, see a list of all of his books below.


I just love these Quotes and his wacky way of using language.


Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Take a look at the list of his books. Incredible isn’t it?



  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937)

  • The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)

  • The King’s Stilts (1939)

  • Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

  • McElligot’s Pool (1947)

  • Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)

  • Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949)

  • If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)

  • Horton Hears A Who! (1954)

  • On Beyond Zebra (1955)

  • If I Ran The Circus (1956)

  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)

  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)

  • Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958)

  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958)

  • Happy Birthday To You! (1959)

  • Green Eggs And Ham (1960)

  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

  • The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961)

  • Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)

  • Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)

  • Hop on Pop (1963)

  • Fox In Socks (1965)

  • I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965)

  • The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)

  • The Foot Book (1968)

  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969)

  • My Book About Me (1969)

  • I Can Draw It Myself (1970)

  • Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)

  • The Lorax (1971)

  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)

  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)

  • The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)

  • Great Day For Up (1974)

  • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)

  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)

  • Oh, Say Can You Say? (1979)

  • Hunches In Bunches (1982)

  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)

  • You’re Only Old Once! (1986)

  • I am Not Going to Get Up Today (1987)

  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990)


Notes about me:

If you haven't had a chance to look at the Reading Aloud site for this 21-day challenge? Here is the link. top quality children’s books. Writing about her life experiences she captivates her audience by telling the tales of her family’s adventures. The first several books are written about funny exchanges that occur when human and wild animal’s lives come together.

To read more about me, my passion for reading aloud to children and my books go to www.jylenemorgan.com

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