On this day (March 2nd) in 1904 a special baby boy was born. He lived at 74 Fairfield Street in Springfield, Massachusetts near a library and the zoo where his father worked. That special combination set the stage to help create one of the most popular and successful children's authors the world has seen.
While it's impossible that every person on Earth has heard of or read a work of Dr. Seuss, it's very true that a great portion have. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had been translated into more than 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies (and that was nearly 27 years ago). Let that figure sink in. It's over half a billion!
Little Ted Geisel being read to by his mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel. See what reading to your children can accomplish!
Now, it's common for people and groups around the country to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading his books, dressing as his characters, and having Seuss-themed parties.
I was excited to find that a Favorite Book Friday article was due to fall on such a fitting day this year. And while I could have highlighted any of his works, I am opting instead to showcase a book by another author.
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Kathleen Krull has written a wonderful picture book biography about Dr. Seuss that lets kids know how a little boy named Theodor grew up to become the legend whose writings and illustrations they are very familiar with.
The book is packed full of information, but it isn't dry. It's also pretty inspiring for the dreamers out there. Kids and adults will enjoy reading and learning from this great resource.
Additionally, the paintings representing the early years of Dr. Seuss are beautiful. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are the talented artists behind them. I find the artwork to be somewhat similar in style to the pictures Chris Van Allsburg does for his books (Jumanji, Zathura, Polar Express, etc.), and I greatly appreciate his art.
This painting most reminds me of Van Allsburg's work.
If you want to add a little educational component to your Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations or otherwise need a resource for an author study, may I suggest The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Suess.
Happy Dr. Seuss Day, my friends!
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