Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:27am
Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1902, has published 42 beloved children's books throughout his life of 87 years. His legacy is cause for a great celebration, which we will be holding at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room (room 200) on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Did You Know?
- During WWII, Dr. Seuss was a left-wing political cartoonist! Interested in learning about some of the political undertones of Dr. Seuss' children's books? Check out page 207 of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature.
- Dr. Seuss's first book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by more than 20 publishers before finally being printed by VanGuard Press in 1937.
- Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet that he couldn't write a book using no more than 50 different words. He won the bet!
- Dr. Seuss used the pseudonym "Theo LeSieg" as the author of works he wrote that were illustrated by others, such as Ten Apples Up On Top.
- Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo! was written by Dr. Seuss under the pseudonym Rosetta Stone, after his second wife's maiden name.
- Many books authored by Dr. Seuss have been the subject of various challenges and bans, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, and The Butter Battle Book.
Please help us celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories, crafts, and games! It is a party that is not to be missed!
In his very own words, birthdays are a time to celebrate...
Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, "I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I'm not just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That's a great thing to be!
If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!"
(from Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss)