Sunday, 1 March 2015

Dr Seuss Day

   Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!
Fun facts and activites 

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss - Fun facts and activities to do.

*March 2 is the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel. March the 2nd is read across America day. 

*It also happens to be World Book day #Worldbookday very soon, March 7th 2019 Thursday. So much celebrating and reading and fun is to be had. 

*Who is Theodore Seuss Geisel? Who indeed! only the biggest Who from Whoville and none other than Dr Seuss himself! 

*Dr Seuss is the creator of the Cat in the hat and some amazing children's books. (See below for the list) 

Dr Seuss is a children's literature pioneer and icon for inspirational resources, books and quotes. If you love kid literature then you know it will not take you long to come across this genius, who knew how to speak kid language. And as we at Kid Literature know, our quote be stand by on all of our platforms is 'Someday you all will be old enough to read kid literature'.

 Born March 2, (1904 – September 24, 1991) Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. His works lay claim to  feature films and television adaptations. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, and a cartoonist for a newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army. Dr Seuss never had any children. 

Geisel published 46 children's books and he decided that the boring, samely 'Dick and Jane' series was so boring that he wanted children to read something...something that would make them WANT to read.

 "I have great pride 
in taking Dick and Jane 
out of most school libraries," 
he said. "That is my greatest satisfaction."

Many of his books were written to teach children how to appreciate others, encourage kids to think and their your imagination and to also make people aware of injustice in the world.

You can find many more details about Dr. Seuss and his life at the Seussville website link below.

 In 'Green Eggs and Ham' Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss' editor, bet him that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. The Cat in the Hat  was so simple it was the required magic ingredients that was so sought after whether the world knew it yet or not. .
Keep it simple stupid (KISS) was applied and there you go - 50 words of simplicity, albeit genius. The children of the world were in for a fun, magic surprise.
These imaginative characters, and the way the rhyme was put together, was what changed the way everyone thought about children's books. All of a sudden the kid literacy world looked to be light years ahead of the  'Dick and Jane' books (or in the UK, where I am from, the equivalent was the 'Janet and John' books).
How it made them feel when they could steer their feet in this direction and see the places they could go!
It made small children enjoy reading, it made adults think.

Imagine writing 50 words and spending a year on that book!
Well Dr Seuss being the perfectionist he was, did just that. He also had been known to throw out all of his work if he was not 100% completely satisfied! Imagine nearly finishing your book if you will, and then something isn't right so you throw it out. No cutting out paragraphs and chapters, (which is hard to do) just throwing the lot away! How hard is it to let go of a character or 2, but imagine binning the lot!
Yes, let's use a lot of exclamation marks in true Dr Seuss Style!!!! The man was a fool! He had to be!
No! he was a genius.
It can be a fine line between the two, in any generation, but maybe they can go hand in hand as he certainly got it right.
That was Dr Seuss.


     Dr Seuss top celebrated books

  1. Green Eggs and Ham,
  2. The Cat in the Hat, and the Cat in the Hat comes back (Full story is read below on video)
  3. The Lorax,
  4. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
  5.  The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,
  6.  Fox in Socks,
  7. There's a wocket in my pocket,
  8. The King's Stilts,
  9. Hop on Pop,
  10. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose,
  11. Horton Hatches the Egg,
  12. Horton Hears a Who!
  13. and my favorite of all How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Not everyone likes or agree's with Dr Seuss, or his old stereo-type cartoons he once did for a magazine, long before he became famous.
But I like to look at the positive and it far out-ways any negative. Why search out the flaw among all that is good unless you only wish to see the negative? He did actually publicly apologise if he had used racial terms in those bygone days, which is a very admiral thing to do. I like to think of Dr Seuss as the Grinch who famously apologised in the book and film.

And there is more! ...  

What marvellous work he did for children's literature and how well he tuned into the minds of the young, our children and to know what it is they would love to read. To get them to enjoy books again! Who could re-create that? a few but not so many..and wait, there is more! Oh Yes he is not done!

 A recently "found" Dr. Seuss book called "What Pet Should I Get?" was released on July 28 2015
When they announced the news that  they were to get this gift from Dr Seuss from beyond the grave so it seemed,  the literacy world turned into whoville with  genuine whoville town collaborative exclamation intake of breath. Even outdoing  the news about Harper Lee's first new book in half a century to be published in July 2015
The full text and illustrations of “What Pet Should I Get?” were found by Geisel’s widow, Audrey, while she was re-doing their home shortly after the author’s death. It was believed he had worked on this late 1950's, early 60's. She put them to one side along with other and forgot out them, only to re-discover them gain in 2013! so pleased she did.

Come along for #DrSeussday #DrSeuss March the 2nd! Celebrate his Birthday with us.
  You need to rhyme and rhyme in time. 
  Rhyme in time, we'll all look fine!

So join in with #DrSeussday #DrSeuss  every year on March the 2nd. Celebrate his Birthday with us.

                 You need to rhyme 
                 and rhyme in time.
                  Rhyme in time
                 we'll all look fine!
Dr Seuss on pinterest. Quotes and activities                                   

24 years after his death, a new Dr. Seuss manuscript has been found
Read all about Dr Seuss and that re-discovered manuscript  AND the exciting pin page with so much free and fun coloring pages and stuff!
Dr Seuss free colouring sheets, activities and fun stuff to share

I love Dr Seuss as he is an inspiration for literature and once you read his quotes and his books it is not hard to see how he is so loved by all world wide.
And I love to make my own stories and books rhyme. I find the rhyme comes easy... so now to write it all down ... I have a funny cat rhyming illustrated book complete and edited, but when I will find the time to get that out, Whoo (Dr Seuss) knows ;)

Why not be creative and make a mess, the Cat in the hat would like that the best!
 the Grinch, the cat, the thing and the hat, you will soon be found singing, i think I'd like that!  

All the picture posts below and the activities and the fill with colour art sheets!!

 see them and SO many more on  Pinterest with Kid Literature arts and crafts  
and kidliterature facebook and kid literature on twitter
  plus there are so many more fun pages to enjoy reading and drawing in!
Go see, there are places you could go! 


Why not be creative and make a mess. The Cat in the hat would like that the best!


Read aloud "The cat in the hat comes back" read by Karen Emma Hall

Across America people are also celebrating "Read across America" day.
Just follow the hashtag #ReadacrossAmericaday on your social media of choice. 

You can also find out all about Dr Seuss at

Written by Karen Emma Hall  

Karens author page 
Karen's first book ever published is FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED. Hello-Teeny-Pheeny-Karen-Emma-ebook


                                                         Why not be creative and make a mess,
                                                         the Cat in the hat would like that the best!
                                           the Grinch, the cat, the thing and the hat, 
                        you will soon be found singing,
    I think I'd like that!  


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