If you have young children in school, then most likely you are aware that March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Today, nearly 22 years after his death, the world of Dr. Seuss lives on, bigger and better than ever. We now observe March 2 as “Read Across America” day. Schools and libraries alike hold programs where Dr. Seuss’s stories are shared, and Seuss-themed crafts are made. It’s amazing how the rhythm and rhyme of these familiar and zany stories capture our hearts and entertain our brains.
A few fun facts about Dr. Seuss:
Though most commonly known as Dr Seuss, the man went by at least four different names in his writing and publishing career: Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSeig, Rosetta Stone, and his actual name, Theodor Geisel.
Seuss was his middle name. Theodor first signed his name as “Dr. Suess” in the pages of a college humor magazine at Dartmouth. This was out of necessity; he’d gotten in trouble on campus for a drinking incident and was banned from school extracurricular activities.
Dr. Suess’s first book that he both wrote and illustrated was “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. Getting this book published was no easy task, though – it was rejected 27 times!
The Cat in the Hat was published as a request from publisher Houghton Mifflin, who wanted a book that used only 225 words familiar to new readers.
Dr. Seuss was well decorated with honors! He won two Academy Awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize!