While today is Read Across America Day, locally, it is also a special day to celebrate, because Theodore Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. You can find an extensive biography of the author at Seussville.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I am going to share some of my favorite lines from his books:
“FOR I HAD A STORY THAT NO ONE COULD BEAT!
AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET!” – And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
“But that NOOTH GRUSH on my TOOTH BRUSH…
Him I could do without!” – There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!
“Should we tell her about it?
Now, what should we do?
Well…What would you do
If your mother asked you?” – The Cat in the Hat
“That’s why I say, ‘Duckie!
Don’t grumble! Don’t stew!
Some critters are much-much
oh, ever so much-much
so muchly much-much more unlucky than you!'” – Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
”Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.
‘Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!'” – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.” – I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
“I do not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.” – Green Eggs and Ham
Though I think this is common knowledge, Theodore Geisel also wrote several books under the name of Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards). Some of my favorites are: Wacky Wednesday, Come over to My House, and Hooper Humperdink…? NOT HIM!”
Geisel also wrote a book under the name of Rosetta Stone which is titled Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo! This is a great book to read aloud. You can even make paper puppets of some of the characters that you glue to popsicle sticks so that kids can act it out as you read.
What about you? What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?