Theodor Geisel, better known by his penname Dr. Seuss, is one of the most celebrated children’s authors of all time. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2, we’ve put together a hands-down, all around, takes-the-crown book list featuring our top 12 Seuss books for your enjoyment.
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Full of brightly colored illustrations and whimsical rhymes, this book is perfect for any person (big or small) who’s looking for adventure. Grab your child and prepare for an exciting journey with Seuss’s inspirational couplets and heartwarming message.
- Green Eggs and Ham
First published in 1960, this book became an instant classic for beginning readers. Sam-I-Am, the determined, somewhat pushy character sends an important message: don’t be afraid to try new things with an open mind! Whether you’re convincing your child to taste his broccoli or simply empathizing with the poor badgered skeptic, Green Eggs and Ham will become a bookshelf staple in your household.
- The Cat in the Hat
It’s a kid’s dream come true and a parent’s perfect babysitter: The Cat in the Hat! When two children are struggling to find things to do on a rainy day, The Cat appears and ignites a wonderful world of make-believe. Join Dick, Sally, Cat and Things 1 and 2 in a messy, chaotic, and wonderfully fascinating rainy-day adventure – but remember to clean up before mom gets home!
- The Lorax
A longtime advocate for environmental awareness, Dr. Seuss speaks vicariously through his character the Lorax in this eccentric ecological warning that is still relevant today. Seuss modestly urges young readers to respect and give back to nature without sounding preachy. It’s simple: learn to do your part and you won’t end up like the remorseful Once-ler.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
A holiday favorite, the “Grinch” coldly attempts to steal all of the Christmas presents (and in turn, Christmas spirit) from an innocent village called Whoville. The Grinch, in his makeshift Santa costume, is in for a big surprise when Christmas arrives anyway! Discover the true meaning of holiday spirit as you enter Whoville and learn to heal a mean ol’ heart two sizes too small.
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Explore the simplest concepts the Dr. Seuss way – with rhythmic rhymes and amusing artwork! Dive into the world of color, numbers and opposites with Seuss’ entertaining yet educational easy reader.
- Horton Hears a Who
A delightfully easy read with a thought-provoking message, Horton Hears a Who is easily one of Seuss’s most impressionable books. Horton the Elephant is a bit goofy and even clumsier, but his heart is one of gold. He discovers a tiny civilization of Whos living on a small leaf and vows to ensure their safety. Through kindness, determination and trust, and despite constant ridicule, Horton eventually convinces his acquaintances that the tiny speck holds an entire civilization. Children everywhere will be rooting for Horton and ready to look at the world around them with a new-found respect.
- The Sneetches
The Sneetches is an incredible story of prejudice, tolerance and fear of the unknown. When the Sneetches begin to assign some individuals stars on their bellies and prohibit other Sneetches from receiving stars, the town is in disarray. As usual with Dr. Seuss stories, The Sneetches is a fun read with an important message: no matter what’s displayed on the outside, we’re all the same underneath our skin.
- Hop On Pop
Fostering a love of learning and inspiring kids to read were two of Dr. Seuss’s life goals. Hop on Pop is a wonderful example of both. Full of uncomplicated rhymes and whimsical illustrations, children will want to read this book over and over from cover to cover.
- Fox in Socks
A perfect read aloud, Fox in Socks has been tangling tongues, tripping up teeth and igniting giggles worldwide for years. Whether you’re encouraging the mischievous Fox or empathizing with poor, confused Mr. Knox, this intriguing book of loopy language ensures a good time will be had by all.
- My Book About Me
In an unusual twist, YOU finish this book by Dr. Seuss! A perfect primer for small children, kids can practice reading, writing and drawing as they establish a sense of self. Help your child complete his or her own interactive mini-biography and save it as a fun childhood memento.
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book
Learning the alphabet has never been so much fun! From Aunt Annie’s Alligator to a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, readers will enjoy the repetitive use of each letter and quirky pictures.