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									Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
It’s difficult to imagine the children’s book landscape without Dr. Seuss, who is, almost half a century after The Cat in the Hat, the best-recognized children’s book writer in the country. But until Dr. Seuss -- a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel -- reinvented the genre with his colorful and exuberant Sneetches, Grinches, Zaxes, and Zooks, children’s books were often little more than literal-minded lessons and cautionary tales intended to transform young readers into productive citizens.

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Fact File

Name:
Dr. Seuss
Also Known As:
Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)
Awards:
Academy Award, Best Cartoon, 1951;Caldecott Honor Awards, 1947, 1949-50; Honorary doctorate, Dartmouth College, 1955; Honorary Pulitzer Prize, 1984





The Best Book to Read First

Selected Works

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								The Cat in the Hat , Author: 
								Dr. Seuss, Dr.  Seuss, Theodore Seuss  Geisel.

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The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss, Theodore Seuss Geisel
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss's first book for beginning readers, displaced the Dick and Jane primers with a story about two children and the troublesome visitor who turns their rainy afternoon into a messy, madcap adventure. The cat, with his red-and-white stovepipe hat, remains one of Dr. Seuss's best-known characters.
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								Green Eggs and Ham, Author: 
								Dr. Seuss, Theodore Seuss  Geisel.
*  And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
*  Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
*  How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)
*  Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories  (1958)
*  Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
*  The Sneetches & Other Stories (1961)
*  The Lorax (1965)
*  Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)

*  See the Dr. Seuss chronology


Where 'Nerds' Come From

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in Dr. Seuss's If I Ran the Zoo (1950):
And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo
And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo
A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!




A Continuing Legacy

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								My Many Colored Days, Author: 
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My Many Colored Days
by Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
Years after his death, Seuss continues to inspire new titles and spinoffs, like My Many Colored Days, published in 1996 from a manuscript Seuss completed in 1973, and 1997's Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor.

*Seuss-isms  by Dr. Seuss
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								Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Author: 
								Richard H. Minear, Art Spiegelman (Introduction).

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Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel
by Richard H. Minear, Art Spiegelman (Introduction)
Minear's Dr. Seuss Goes to War is a fascinating compendium of the artist's political cartoons, which blend the author's staunch anti-Nazi sentiments with his trademark wit and free-form drawings.

*The Man Who Was Dr. Seuss: The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel  by Thomas Fensch
*Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel: A Biography  by Judith Morgan, Neil Morgan, Judith Morgan