Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel, would have been 107 on Wednesday, March 2nd. In honor of his birthday, here’s an essential reading list of 10 of his greatest hits that you should be sure to read (and re-read and re-read and re-read and re-read) with your kids:
1. Green Eggs and Ham
Sam I Am and your kids will likely agree there’s not much to like about green eggs and ham at first, but there’s little doubt the book will be devoured time and again.
2. The Cat in the Hat
Think you have a little gremlin at home? Keep in mind that it could always be worse! Leave your kids home alone at your own risk, especially if there’s a chance you have a Cat in the Hat in your neighborhood.
3. The Thinks You Can Think
Give your kids’ imaginations carte blanche to run wild. “Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try.”
4. Horton Hears A Who
Think you’re all alone when you’re outside in the middle of nowhere? Look out for the Whos, and be careful where you step! The book’s best lesson? “Even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
5. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Whether it’s a preschool graduation or a high school graduation, this is an inspiring book for kids of all ages about the challenges they’ll face in life, but also the adventures they’ll enjoy along the way. “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98 3/4% guaranteed.)”
6. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
A fish in a car? A fish owns a little star? Fish have feet? In this book, the answer is yes, yes and yes.
7. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss gets environmental! The Lorax speaks on behalf of the trees and against the villain, Once-ler. Do you have a budding activist at home? Either way, this book can help stir some passion for Mother Earth.
8. Hop on Pop
Listed by former first lady Laura Bush as her favorite tome in a 2006 Wall Street Journal article as she remembered her husband reading it to their twin daughters, it’s also a perfect book to help introduce kids to the basic concept of phonics.
9. Fox In Socks
Join Fox, Knox and the Tweetle Beetles in a tongue-twisting adventure. “When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, THIS is what they call…a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!”
10. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
Who’s afraid of thunder? “Boom boom boom, Mr. Brown is a wonder! Boom boom boom, Mr. Brown makes thunder!” Teach your little ones that loud noises in the sky are simply Mr. Brown, and who can possibly quiver at that?
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?