Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Favorite Dr Seuss Books from Afterschool for Smarty Pants

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. 4 years ago I hardly knew who Dr. Seuss was. Since his books use so much of English language word play and rhymes, he wasn’t translated into my native Russian, at least not when I was a child. I will be honest and admit that I wasn’t really a fan of his signature illustrative style either, but I learned to appreciate his books, especially seeing how much my daughter was enjoying them. I will lay our favorite Dr. Seuss’s books out chronologically.

Our First Book by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow The Grinch Stole Christmas classic cartoon was a “required Christmas movie” in our house even before Smarty was born. Both my husband and I really enjoy this story and practically know it by heart. I still remember trying to get my fussy 2 month old to sleep to the sounds of How the Grinch Stole Christmas read by my husband. Every year we pull this book out in early December and read it many times during Christmas season. It’s interesting to see how her understanding of the story grows and changes each year.

Dr. Seuss Books for ToddlersCat in the Hat Big Flap Book

We don’t own The Cat in the Hat Great Big Flap Book, but every Sunday we have breakfast with our best friend and then stop at his place. He loves books as much as we do, and he thoughtfully picked a couple of children books at the library sale two years ago, so Smarty could have something to read at his place. I cannot say that I love the book – not after having read it every Sunday for two years! Our three year old Smarty still considers reading it a part of her Sunday ritual, but at least now she is able to read it on her own.

Easy Readers by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham
It’s exciting for me to see our three year old Smarty reading Dr Seuss on her own. Books in Cat in the Hat Beginner Library are perfect for her reading level. She enjoyed rereading many of her favorites – The Foot Book, Ten Apples Up On Top, Green Eggs and Ham. They all have all the right ingredients for a good early reader – big fonts, easy rhymes, funny story and engaging illustrations (if you happen to love yellow creatures).

Dr. Seuss for Ages 7 and Older

The Butter Battle BookI added this part while refreshing this post. Smarty is now 7, but she still loves Dr Seuss’s books. We have two big collections of longer Dr Seuss’s stories at home, and they include The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Sleep Book, and others, but her favorite appears to be The Butter Battle Book, because every so often she borrows it from the library and rereads it.

More Dr Seuss Books and Activities

Your Turn

Which Dr. Seuss’s books are favorites in your house? Which one is your personal favorite?


Ticia said...

I'd probably say Green Eggs and Ham. And, I too have a few books that the kids have had me read one too many times....

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the text of Green Eggs And Ham, and that it only uses 50 words, but I can't say I've ever warmed to the illustrations - the characters look so grumpy.

Autumn said...

Tommy's favorite is Green Eggs and Ham. He has it memorized, so he actually recites it along with me as I'm reading. Hop on Pop is good for very early readers, because it has huge font and very simple words. Even Tommy can read it. My personal favorite (but the kids don't like it much yet) is Fox in Socks.

Christy said...

We love Dr. Seuss. Reagan's favorite is One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Collin's favorite is The Cat in the Hat.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I'm partial to Horton Hatches the Egg. I can clearly recall sitting on my mom's lap reading the book. Our copy became quite worn. Some don't like that it contains hunters and guns, but my father is a hunter so this didn't really phase me. He would have never hunted an elephant though! Only hunts for food for the table, not for game.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

We love Green Eggs and Ham. And what's more fun than eating green eggs?

Debbie said...

I still love Green Eggs and Ham, though when I pulled our Dr Seuss books out today, Selena sighed in protest. I guess she is over those books. LOL

My Boaz's Ruth said...

I like the IDEA Of Dr. Seuss (That's one place we got our son's name from) but I'm finding I don't like a lot of his actual books.

The Foot Book
The ABC book

My SON loves the Green Eggs and ham book (aigh!)

I love the Horton books, as an adult. (or at least, the ideas they express whether or not the author intended it--Words have meanings)

But I find myself enjoying the Boynton's more. Maybe that will change as my little one grows up.

Deceptively Educational said...

My favorite it "My Many Colored Days." It's not your typical Dr. Suess, but it's SOOOOO great for littles as they're learning their colors and express emotions.