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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 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.
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
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
I 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
- Bartholomew and Oobleck – Making Oobleck on this blog
- My Many Colored Days – a book and an art project on this blog
- Dr Seuss Cut It Out Pack and Rhyme Time Pack from This Reading Mama
- 30+ Dr. Seuss Inspired Phonics Activities from Living Montessori Now
Which Dr. Seuss’s books are favorites in your house? Which one is your personal favorite?