Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss created a literary world for children that included a little rhyme and a ton of silly all wrapped in a powerful lesson with each book.
Here are some fun facts about this fun writer!
- Dr. Seuss’ publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet that the writer could not produce a full book using only 50 words. Dr. Seuss won that bet with the creation of Green Eggs and Ham, which does indeed only use 50 words. Green Eggs and Ham is said to be the 4th best selling children’s book written in English.
- Dr. Seuss began his U.S. career as a cartoonist. Many of his pieces were published in multiple magazines and journals such as Vanity Fair. He secured a staff position with Judge, a New York weekly publication in 1927.
- His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before its publication in 1937 by Vanguard Press.
- In 1965, Green Eggs and Ham was banned in China for its “portrayal of early Marxism”. This ban was later lifted after the death of the author.
- The film, The Lorax, was released 3 years ago on this day, which would have been Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday.
Some seriously awesome Dr. Seuss quotes:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.”
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
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