Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel published 46 children’s books, including the very popular The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He died in 1991 – but his legacy has endured among children throughout the world.
This week we are celebrating Dr. Seuss at the Elizabeth Lee Black School with community volunteers reading classic Dr. Seuss stories to our students. Why are we doing this?
In conjunction with Random House and the National Education Association, the annual Read Across America event is intended not only to celebrate and honor Dr. Seuss but also to encourage children to keep reading and learning.
Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss:
- Green Eggs and Ham contains only 50 different words. He wrote it after a publisher bet him he couldn’t write a book with so few words.
- His first book was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. It was finally published in 1937 after being turned down a reported 27 times.
- Dr. Seuss’s honors include: two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.
In all, he wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books in his lifetime. Today, there are more than 200 million copies of those books around the world.