Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday was March 2nd! In honor of this wonderful man, we have an entire post dedicated to his classic work.
Dr. Seuss was born in Massachusetts and attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1925. He was an American writer, poet and cartoonist and was best known for the children’s books he wrote and illustrated.
Fun Facts about Seuss:
1. Dr. Seuss’s real name was Seuss’ real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel
2. During World War II, Seuss served as the commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces.
3. Seuss’ first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times.
4. Dr. Seuss’s honors include: two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.
5. He wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare. Seuss’s publisher bet that Seuss couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words. In an effort to make learning to read more exciting for kids, he wrote a silly tale about a picky eater (a common complaint of many parents) and a fellow who won’t take “No” for an answer. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.
6. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books. These books have been translated into more than 15 languages and have sold over 200 million copies around the world.