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
"Children want the same things we
want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be
entertained and delighted."
• Theodor Seuss Geisel • He graduated from
was born March 2, 1904 Dartmouth College in
in Springfield, MA. 1925, and went onto
Oxford University with
the plan of acquiring a
doctorate in literature.
• Dr. Seuss was granted
doctorates in literature
and fine arts by seven
• After he finished
school, Ted found a job
• He is also loved to
• In his spare time he
started to write
• Seuss's earlier artwork • Seuss's characters are
often employed the somewhat rounded and
shaded texture of pencil droopy. For instance,
drawings or the faces of the Grinch
watercolors. and of the Cat in the
• In his children’s books
he generally used just
black, white, and one or
• In 1936 on the way to a • In 1937 a friend
vacation in Europe, published the book for
listening to the rhythm him.
of the ship's engines, he
came up with And to
Think That I Saw It on
• He sent it to 43 different • This was the first time
publishers but no one he used his pen name,
would publish it. Dr. Seuss (Seuss was
his mother's maiden
• In 1954, a magazine • This inspired Geisel's
wrote that some publisher, and
children were having encouraged him to send
trouble learning to read Geisel a list of 400
because the books they words he felt were
had were boring. important.
• Dr. Seuss did not want • Dr. Suess had to cut the
books to be boring for list to 250 words, and
kids, but he did want write a book.
kids to read.
• Nine months later, using
220 words, the book
was called The Cat in
• In 1960 Bennett Cerf
bet Geisel $50 that he
couldn't write an entire
book using only fifty
words. The result was
Green Eggs and Ham.
• He wrote using the
• Dr. Seuss went on to names Dr. Seuss and
write and illustrate an Theo LeSieg (which is
entire series of books Geisel spelled
just for beginning backwards).
• He wrote 54 books,
most of them for
• Ted died on September 24, 1991.
• His books for children have been
published in 20 different languages.
• Dr. Suess is the most popular children’s
author in the world.
• Introduce students to
• Students can create
their own tongue
twisters using the first
letter in their name.
• Focus on phonics,
parts of speech, oral
• Make green eggs
Talk about other
animals that lay
• Matching beginning
letter sounds to
• Count the number of
feet in the
• Count by 2’s.
• Bring in a collection of
hats and graph them.
Discuss the importance of trees and people.
The story talks about the choices we make
Don’t be afraid to try new things!