Much to my delight, a top trending story in Google News and on Facebook today is the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American poet and author who wrote a series of beloved children’s books that have had an everlasting impact for generations. If you have a little munchkin in your life, or if you just want to embrace your inner child, check out my list of favorite Dr. Seuss books:
1. Oh The Places You’ll Go!
A favorite amongst high school and college graduates, this book, though juvenile in nature, touches on a universal theme of how important it is to believe in yourself. I have a copy at home. When I am lacking motivation or getting down on myself, I crack it open and remind myself of my true potential.
2. The Cat In The Hat
Arguably Dr. Seuss’ most well known book, The Cat In The Hat is pure silly fun. Mike Myers was kind of terrifying in the movie version, proving that the characters within this story are best driven by one’s own imagination.
3. The Lorax
Dr. Seuss knew how to deliver a serious message in a lighthearted package. This book demonstrates that fact, zoning in on the importance of respecting and preserving the environment. The Lorax proves that if we don’t take care of the environment, there could be disastrous consequences.
4. Oh The Thinks You Can Think!
Dr. Seuss was a master of creativity and he liked to pass that skill onto his readers. This book encourages people to think outside the box and embrace the unknown. With the message in this book, Dr. Seuss aimed to make an impact with children and adults alike.
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This story is timeless. The Grinch is the villain that you can’t help but love. Seuss took what could have been a very conventional story about finding love during the holidays and made it so special. Unlike Mike Myers, Jim Carey, in pure over the top form, totally nailed the role of the Grinch in the 2000 movie adaptation.
6. Green Eggs And Ham
I will always remember this story fondly because of special meals during elementary school, when our teachers would try to encourage us to read by (literally) bringing in green eggs and ham! For that and its impeccable rhymes, this story has left an imprint on my heart.
7. Horton Hears A Who
The central message of this story, “a person’s a person no matter how small,” really struck a chord with me when I was younger. Horton’s message has stuck with me throughout my entire life. I feel bad when I step on bugs and I apologize when I walk into inanimate objects. I am considerate almost to a fault, and I can thank Dr. Seuss for that!
8. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Just try saying that ten times fast! Simple in scope, this book is a great place to start with Dr. Seuss’ collection.
9. Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories
It’s hard to resist a character named Yertle the Turtle! Apart from his childish pursuits, Dr. Seuss also enjoyed writing political cartoons. He combined those two passions in the story of Yertle the Turtle, which has an underlying message that many believe is connected to the ascent of Hitler and his quest for domination. The line that implies this story is about much more than turtles? “I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” In today’s political landscape, this book remains more relevant than ever!
10. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book explores the imagination of a boy named Marco, who sees remarkable things as he walks home from school one day. Though more simple in theme than some of Seuss’ other works, it set a strong framework for the legendary career that was to come.
While you work through the full list of Dr. Seuss books, check out this hit list of Dr. Seuss quotes to get a quick dose of inspiration!
1. Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
2. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
3. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
4. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.
5. A person’s a person, no matter how small.
6. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
7. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
8. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
9. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
10. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Thank you for sharing your light and wisdom with us Theodor. Rest in peace.