Dr. Seuss is probably the most recognizable children's book author and illustrator of all time with over 60 original and published works during his career. Dr. Seuss's works are an inspiration to all growing readers and aspiring authors and illustrators.
Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel, also known to most kids and adults as Dr. Seuss or Doctor Seuss, adopted the pen name Dr. Seuss while studying at Dartmouth College. Here he became editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Seuss was his mother’s maiden name, who some speculate may have been an early inspiration for Dr. Seuss’ unique rhyming style.
Dr. Seuss’ first published children’s book titled And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was published by Vanguard Press in 1937 and features a character named “Marco” who goes on to appear in later works such as McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss. The first book by Dr. Seuss featuring Marco was also later turned into a musical work by Deems Taylor in 1942 called Marco Takes a Walk.
Dr. Seuss was not always writing children’s books and books for kids. During WWII he was charged with producing animated and non-animated wartime propaganda shorts for the US Army. Before joining the Army, Dr. Seuss also created political cartoons as an editorial cartoonist for the New York City daily newspaper. A book titled Dr. Seuss Goes to War, written by Richard H. Minear and published in 1999, contains many of those original cartoon productions by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
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Some of Dr. Seuss’ most recognizable, and early, children’s works which are now classics:
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss, published by Vanguard Press in 1937
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss, published by Random House Books for Young Readers in 1950
Horton Hears a Who! By Dr Seuss, published by Random House Books for Young Readers in 1954
A Cat In the Hat by Dr. Seuss, published by Random House Books for Young Readers in 1957
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss, published by Random House Books for Young Readers in 1957
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, published by Random House Books for Young Readers in 1960
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Dr. Seuss went on to publish over 60 original children’s and kids’ classics during his career. You can learn more about Dr. Seuss at https://www.seussville.com, or for something entertaining and Seussical for Dr. Seuss fans of all ages visit Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios—you’ll find all his classic works, as well as fun attractions for all ages. Be sure to meet all the Dr. Seuss characters while you’re there – including The Cat In the Hat, The Lorax, The Grinch, and who could forget Thing One and Thing Two!
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