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I love books. My family loves books. We all love to read. And we LOVE Dr. Seuss!
One of the reasons is that his books span ages and grades and reading levels, perhaps even generations! As a matter of fact, we think there are many reasons to share a good Dr. Seuss book with your kids – at ANY age! We even love to celebrate his birthday 😉
Here’s an easy reference for purchasing the perfect Dr. Seuss book for a book-lover in your life. Listed here by publication date, I also note what/if they deal with a more serious topic when relevant.
Keep in mind that much of Dr. Seuss’ wisdom is timeless. That’s one of the reasons I included one or two of his more memorable quotes in 20 Inspiring Quotes for your Teenager. I mean, just bring up one of these gems around the dinner table and you’ll be amazed at how deep and meaningful the conversation can get…
A person’s a person, no matter how small!
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, published over 60 children’s books over the course of his lifetime. This list only covers about half of them, but they are available on Amazon or at your local bookstore. All of his books, however, contain humor that appeals to us and wisdom that still applies today!
McElligot’s Pool – September 1947
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose – September 1948
Bartholomew and The Oobleck – October 1949
If I Ran The Zoo – October 1950 – The classic work that introduced the word “nerd” to the world.
Horton Hears a Who – August 1954 – Horton: kindness and perseverance personified!
If I Ran The Circus – October 1956
The Cat in The Hat – March 1957
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – October 1957 – A holiday staple around our house
Yertle The Turtle – April 1958 – 3 modern-day fables that deal with greed, vanity, and pride
The Cat in The Hat Comes Back – September 1958
Happy Birthday to You! – August 1959 – “There is no one alive that is you-er than you!”
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – March 1960 – Celebrating the fun of imagination!
Green Eggs and Ham – August 1960 – Inspires children around the world to try the broccoli 😉
The Sneetches and Other Stories – August 1961
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book – August 1962 – Makes a wonderful bedtime read!
Hop on Pop – February 1963 – One of the first Beginner Books, created to let children read them on their own
Fox in Socks – January 1965 – Helps new readers discover the fun in words…
The Lorax – August 1971 – “Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! – August 1972
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? – September 1973 – Lessons in optimism to the umpth degree!
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! – August 1975
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut – October 1978 – Helps new readers discover the joy of books
The Butter Battle Book – January 1984 – Teaching the concept of respecting differences in others
I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! – October 1987
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! – April 1998 – “An ode to individuality!”
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street – released in August 1989 – The very first children’s book written by Theodore Geisel!
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – re-released in December 1989 – First written in 1938, this book deals with bullying
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? – November 1996 – “Dr. Seuss’ book of wonderful noises!”
The Foot Book – November 1996 – A wacky book of opposites
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket – November 1996 – Lots of fun with silly rhymes
Horton Hatches The Egg – October 2004
What Pet Should I Get? – released July 2015 – Helps kids learn to develop decision-making skills
You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children – January 2009 – A comical look at aging
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories – September 2011
Happy Birthday to Me! By ME, Myself – January 2017