Calendar of Cool: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

On this day in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield Massachusetts.

Dr._Seuss_at_his_OfficeBetter known by his pen name of Dr. Seuss, Geisel became famous as a writer and cartoonist. Dr. Seuss is best known for his children’s books, which include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and the beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas(1957). Seuss’ work was influenced by reports that children were illiterate because their books were boring. In fact, The Cat in the Hat was written using just 236 words taken from an elementary vocabulary list, to encourage children to learn these words.

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His books used humor couched in rhyme and repetition and were illustrated by shaded pencil drawings of his signature characters. In 1984, The Pulitzer Prize committee granted Suess a special award for his contributions to children’s literature. His books successfully appealed to beginning readers – and enchanted adults as well. Dr. Seuss’ works continue to be among the bestselling children’s books in the world. They have been translated into languages varying from Latin to Yiddish, and his stories have spawned movies, musicals and television shows.

 

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The author who brought us the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, the Grinch, the Sneetches, and so many others? Wubbtastically wonderfully cool!

 

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