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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more
places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Saturday, March 2, is Read Across America Day, a one-day celebration that encourages children to read 365 days a year. The date was selected to commemorate the birthday date of, arguably the world’s most popular children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
2019 would be Dr. Seuss’s 115th birthday. To honor the occasion, we’ve compiled 15 fascinating facts that you might not already know about Theodor Seuss Geisel.
- Seuss was born as Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. Throughout his lifetime, he used many pen names include Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backward), L. Pasteur, D.G. Rossetti ’25, T. Seuss and most famously, Dr. Seuss.
- Most people pronounce “Seuss” incorrectly. “Zoyce” is the German pronunciation of Seuss.
- His love of rhyme came from his mother who would entertain him with verses she used to sell pies at a bakery.
- Contrary to his most popular pen name, Dr. Seuss was not actually a doctor. He adopted the prefix because his father always hoped he would practice medicine.
- Theodor attended Dartmouth College from 1921-1925, where he was voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
- Before writing children’s’ books, Dr. Seuss spent some time in the advertising industry. He started creating books for kids because it was one of the few creative projects that was not prohibited in his contract.
- His debut book, “To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it was published.
- The book, “Green Eggs and Ham” was written based on a dare. His publisher bet him $50 that he could not write a book with only 50 words. Dr. Seuss, of course, delivered.
- The inspiration behind “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” was Seuss himself.
- Seuss was credited with inventing the word, “nerd,” which appeared in “If I Ran A Zoo” in 1950.
- “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” was the last book he published. The book has become one of the most popular gifts for graduates.
- During his lifetime, he published 44 picture books.
- He kept a closet of wacky hats. Whenever he was feeling the twinge of writer’s block, he would find a hat that would help the words flow.
- Seuss was the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize for writing children’s books.
- In 2010, Dr. Seuss was listed in Life Books’ list of “100 People Who Changed the World.”
It should come as no surprise that an exciting author would also have an interesting life! What was your or your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss book? Let us know in the comments below.
Happy Read Across America Day from Lions Pride!