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5 Reasons to Love Dr. Seuss

5 Reasons to Love Dr. Seuss

The Children’s Book Review

Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

“If you never did you should.
These things are fun and fun is good”

~ Dr. Seuss

One sunny day, while swimming in a pool, my husband and I overheard a lady proclaiming to the world that Dr. Seuss’ books were absurd and should not be read to children. Her reason: incorrect use of the English language. Oh, lady, you’ve really missed the whole point, haven’t you?! Here are five reasons you should love Dr. Seuss, including his absurdity:

1. Great for Beginning Readers and Mastering Phonics

A child who is learning to read is learning to connect the sounds that go with letters so that he can then put them together to make words, which then become sentences. Repeating sounds frequently, help a child master this skill. Dr. Seuss is the master of repetitive sounds and engaging stories while using limited vocabulary—an ideal combination for a beginning reader. A good example: Hop on Pop.

2. Great Read-Aloud Books

Thanks to his clever rhyming, Dr. Seuss’s books sound great when they are read aloud. Did you know that reading to an infant helps with brain development, speech skills, and bonding between parent and child? There are a lot of Dr. Seuss books available in board book format (Bright and Early, Board Books), which are the perfect size and durability for little hands and curious mouths. Example: Put me in the Zoo

3. Great for Reluctant Readers

Sometimes the hardest part of reading is getting your child to read. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a child that would not be entertained by the sheer absurdity of Dr. Seuss’s wacky plots and zany characters. Example: I Wish that I Had Duck Feet. Sometimes a little fun and excitement is all that is needed to get kids reading.

4. Great for Teaching Life’s Lessons

With enchanting worlds and wonderful creatures, both familiar and unfamiliar, Dr. Seuss teaches readers many admirable life lessons. Example: The Lorax is an excellent book for teaching children the importance of taking responsibility for the earth.

5. Great for Gift Giving and Children of All Ages

Need a gift? Dr. Seuss is your guy! He has written books that children of all ages can appreciate, even college students. From Go, Dogs, Go! for the littlest kids, to Oh, the Places You’ll Go for the graduating college student.

I am sure that you could add your own reasons for loving Dr. Seuss, so we invite you to do so in the comments section below. Be sure to share your favorite Dr. Seuss book while you are at it! More Seuss fun can be found at www.seussville.com.

While I still have you here, take a look at the books below. Some have recently been reissued in new formats, including The Big Green Book of Beginner Books — a great compilation for any beginning reader.

Oh, the Thinks You can Think!

by Dr. Seuss

Reading level:
Ages 0-4

Board book: 24 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (August 11, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: Illustrations in full color. A mad outpouring of made-up words, and intriguing ideas.

Add this book to your collection: Oh, the Thinks You can Think!

 What was I Scared of? A Glow-in-the-Dark Encounter

by Dr. Seuss

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 11, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: What were we waiting for? We’ve taken the classic Dr. Seuss short story What Was I Scared Of? (from The Sneetches and Other Stories), added glow-in-the-dark ink, and created the ultimate just-slightly-spooky read for slumber parties and perusal by flashlight! Perfect for Halloween, this splendidly silly story about a narrator terrorized by an empty pair of pants (which happens to be equally terrified of the narrator) works perfectly well the rest of the year, too, delivering a timeless message about fear and tolerance to boot. Scaredy-pants of all ages will quiver with delight!

Add this book to your collection: What was I Scared of? A Glow-in-the-Dark Encounter

 The Big Green Book of Beginner Books

by Dr. Seuss

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 11, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis:
What could make a better present than a Beginner Book written by Dr. Seuss? Six of them—for less than the price of two! We’ve taken the complete text and art of Great Day for Up! (illustrated by Quentin Blake); I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! (illustrated by James Stevenson); I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (illustrated by T. Tobey); Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (illustrated by Michael Smollin); Wacky Wednesday (illustrated by George Booth); and Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (illustrated by Roy McKie) and bound them together in one sturdy hardcover omnibus.A perfect introduction to reading that will whet young readers appetites for additional books in the Beginner Book series.

Add this book to your collection: The Big Green Book of Beginner Books

The following book is from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, which is an offshoot of Dr. Seuss’ Beginner Book series.

There’s No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System

by Tish Rabe (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 26, 1999)

Publisher’s synopsis:
Blast off for educational fun! Beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched via Seussian sorcery on a wild trip to visit the nine planets in our solar system along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, and Dick and Sally.

Add this book to your collection: There’s No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System

Still want more? Here are two educational Dr. Seuss novelties:

 One Fish, Two Fish Puzzle Story

Manufacturers Description: Children will have fun with their favorite Dr. Seuss characters as they enjoy the ridiculous rhymes and piece together the four crazy jigsaw puzzles. Features four 24-piece jigsaw puzzles and more than 20 activities.

Add this puzzle to your collection: One Fish, Two Fish Puzzle Story

Lacing Cards: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Manufactures Description: Build your child’s pre-reading skills and inspire creative thinking with the zany Dr. Seuss characters. Lacing cards help children to develop fine motor skills and increase hand-eye coordination. Learning left to right has never been more fun.
Add these lacing cards to your collection: Lacing Cards: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • One of my favorite lines from a children’s book is from “The Cat in the Hat:” … “And the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” What a great line! My kids loved several Seuss books, especially the Sneetches, the one about the bird who wanted lots of tail feathers, and the one about the pale green pants, with nobody inside them. Great memories you’re invoking!

    I’ve noticed from a recent trip to the children’s section to get new board books for the new babies in the next generation, that I think I saw Seuss in board book form. Ours were all traditional. That’s great; babies and young children love rhymes and Seuss is all about rhymes. (I like Mother Goose books, too, for that same reason.) And people looking for rhyming books for babies should take a look at this picture book, “Dear Baby, What I Love About You.” It’s a fun — and nurturing book of catchy rhymes that let you tell that precious baby just why he or she is so lovable — and it’s filled with objects from everyday life that you can turn into a point and naming game as that baby grows into a toddler.

    September 4, 2009
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    September 4, 2009
  • Thanks for your great input. The Seuss board books are wonderful, and I’ll be sure to check out the link you suggested.

    September 4, 2009
  • Thank God for Dr. Seuss> My Children won’t even touch a book. Not until they read one of his books. Now they can’t even put down his books.

    April 28, 2014
  • My favorite read-aloud book of his is, Mr. Brown can moo. Can you? So much fun to read to my girls! Thanks for the article 🙂

    February 27, 2017
  • First time I opened Dr. Seuss book, it sounded so absurd to me. I was like – what is this. How am I supposed to even read this out aloud to my son. But it’s counter intuitive. My son is two and he loves Dr. Seuss’ books. So far I have read him Hop on Pop and Cat in the Hat. He wants me to read them over and over. Kids love pictures, repetition, rhyming words. Dr. Seuss figured that part out and no wonder kids love his books. One more thing that I was surprised by is that kids are not always looking for prettiest pictures that have all the fine details. For example Eric Carl’s board books. My son likes the shapes and pictures made out of collage and my wife calls them ransom note pictures torn from old magazines. There is so much we don’t know or understand about kids and there are some smart people like Dr. Seuss and Eric Carl who got this thing figured out

    March 2, 2018

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