There is no denying the popularity of Dr Seuss who’s stories, humourous riddles and rhyming have caught the attentions of young reads the world over for decades.
The huge success of his books on an American and International level came about in 1954 when he was approached by William Ellsworth Spaulding who was the director of Houghton Mifflin and asked Seuss to write a book using only 250 words of a pre-selected 348 words. The words presented by Spaulding were words he felt were of importance for young first grade school children to learn. At time a report a had been written in Life Magazine about school reading levels which suggested that children were unable to learn to read, because they found the books they had been receiving as boring.
As a result Seuss took on the challenge which resulted in “The Cat in the Hat”, which along with his illustrations, imagination and witty rhyming the book became a massive success worldwide, as did many of his other books.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was born on 2nd March 1904 and every year he is celebrated on his birthday for his contribution to children’s literature with many American schools holding various celebrations where they can fall in love and enjoy his books even more.
For any children’s author to have had the success and popularity as Seuss has had in getting our children to fall in love with books, he is worth celebrating in my books.
We are big Dr. Seuss fans here, and I have to celebrate him for confidence and enthusiasm his humourous rhymes inspires in my children. So on March 2nd we will huddle together for evening Mummy Time and see the places we will go enjoying some of his stories my children haven’t heard yet.
What a great excuse Dr. Seuss Day is to have a good old laugh with your children reading. My theory is, if you can get them laughing, you’ll get them hooked.