March 2nd marks the day when, 111 years ago, Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Although usually mispronounced, Seuss, his mother’s maiden name, is correctly pronounced “Zoice” (rhymes with “Voice”). The two pen-names Theodore Geisel used were Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. LeSieg’s beginner readers were written, but not illustrated, by him.
Check out these titles and more from your neighborhood library branch. Make a snack following the directions here and read away!
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables in the rhyming favorite Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The collection features tales about greed (“Yertle the Turtle”), vanity (“Gertrude McFuzz”), and pride (“The Big Brag”). In no other book does a small burp have such political importance! Yet again, Dr. Seuss proves that he and classic picture books go hand in hand.
The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss
Beginning readers will love this foot-filled Bright and Early Book classic by Dr. Seuss! From left feet to right feet and wet feet to dry feet, there are so many feet to meet. The Foot Book will have young readers eager to step into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Combining brief and funny stories, easy words, catchy rhythm, and lively illustrations, Bright and Early Books are an ideal way to introduce the joys of reading to children.
And to Think I saw it On Mulberry Street, by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s very first book for children! From a mere horse and wagon, young Marco concocts a colorful cast of characters, making Mulberry Street the most interesting location in town. Dr. Seuss’s signature rhythmic text, combined with his unmistakable illustrations, will appeal to fans of all ages, who will cheer when our hero proves that a little imagination can go a very long way. (Who wouldn’t cheer when an elephant-pulled sleigh raced by?) Now over seventy-five years old, this story is as timeless as ever.
In a People House, by Theo LeSeig
When a spunky mouse invites a passing bird to see what’s inside a People House, chaos ensues while beginning readers learn the names of 65 common household items –and that people are generally not pleased to find mice and birds in their houses! A super simple, delightfully silly introduction to objects around the home–from none other than Dr. Seuss!
Your Favorite Seuss: 13 Stories, by Dr. Seuss
From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!