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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (March 2)

Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 2nd. Some of the members FA staff share their favorite memories of the famed author's works.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He started writing children’s books in the 1950s under the pen name Dr. Seuss, which he continued to write until his death on September 24, 1991. His legacy lives on in these books which inspire many young people to read. Through his iconic tales, Dr. Seuss taught us important lessons about caring for the environment and obeying our parents.

Just like you, some of the staff members at Farmers’ Almanac grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and found inspiration from them even into adulthood. So in honor of his birthday, we’re sharing a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss quotes and memories.

The Lorax – Allison Vallin, Creative Director

My favorite was always The Lorax. He’s a good environmental mentor, and this quote says so much:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss
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Hop on Pop – Susan Higgins, Wed Content Editor

Of course, I read and enjoyed many of the well-known Dr. Seuss books, like Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but the one I kept going back to over and over when I first learned to read was Hop on Pop. An obscure one of his works (I don’t think it was a super popular title), but I loved it. Today I see how perfect it was for beginning readers, helping them sound out words alongside simple story telling and iconic illustrations. I studied each of the creatures he created, and even though I didn’t always know what they were exactly, they were always so expressive!

I always loved this quote from The Sneetches & Other Stories as it reminds us that we really are all the same. Seems like a good reminder for many in 2021:

The Sneetches got really quite smart on that day. The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches. That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars.

Dr. Seuss

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Peter Geiger, Editor

My all-time favorite Dr. Suess book is Oh, the Places You’ll Go. In 2009, The Raymond A. Geiger Elementary School (named after my father) opened for business here in Lewiston, Maine. Working with the Dr. Seuss Foundation, the school was built around the book—inspirational quotes and words from it are found on the walls and scattered around the building. The wall colors are the same as in the book. The message is inspirational for young learners. These is my favorite:

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!

Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham – Frank Pagano, Digital Marketing Manager

In my youth,
This was definitely truth,
I never ate eggs with ham,
until I read Sam I am.

Dr. Seuss Books – The Complete List

Here is the complete list of Dr. Seuss’s books:

  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937)
  • The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)
  • The King’s Stilts (1939)​
  • Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)​
  • McElligot’s Pool (1947)​
  • Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
  • Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949)
  • If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
  • Horton Hears A Who! (1954)
  • On Beyond Zebra (1955)
  • If I Ran The Circus (1956)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)
  • Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958)
  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958)
  • Happy Birthday To You! (1959)
  • Green Eggs And Ham (1960)
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  • The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961)
  • Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
  • Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)
  • Hop on Pop (1963)
  • Fox In Socks (1965)
  • I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965)
  • The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)​
  • The Foot Book (1968)​
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969)
  • My Book About Me (1969)
  • I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
  • Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
  • The Lorax (1971)​
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)​
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)​
  • The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)​
  • Great Day For Up (1974)​
  • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)​
  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)​
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)​
  • Oh, Say Can You Say? (1979)
  • Hunches In Bunches (1982)
  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)
  • You’re Only Old Once! (1986)
  • I am Not Going to Get Up Today (1987)
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990)

Tell us:

Which was your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Tell us in the comments below.

This article was published by the staff at Farmers' Almanac. Interested in becoming a guest author? Contact us to let us know!

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Brenda Howard

Who – I mean actually WHO is making this fuss over Dr. Seuss books!!! Unbelievable! People – get some perspective!!!!!

Susan Higgins

Hi Brenda, just to clarify what’s happening with the books is that the owners and publishers have decided to not continue printing some of the titles, which is their prerogative.

stevo

wow! happy birthday to you!

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