Yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. He would be 113 years old, if he were still alive. Dr. Theodor Suess Giesel was a prolific writer of children’s books.
Every year, Dr. Seuss’s birthday is celebrated in Read Across America Day. Many of his books, like Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish are synonymous with early reading.
According to the local CBS news this evening, many rappers list Dr. Seuss as one of their main influences because he introduced them to the concept of rhyming.
San Diego has a special relationship with Dr. Seuss. Although he was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904, he lived for many years in La Jolla, CA, where he died on September 24, 1991. His widow gave UCSD over $10 million dollars in 1995 for the library, which was renamed the Giesel Library in his honor.
The Giesel Library is also the home of the of the Dr. Seuss collection. From the library’s web page:
UC San Diego’s Dr. Seuss Collection contains original drawings, sketches, proofs, notebooks, manuscript drafts, books, audio- and videotapes, photographs, and memorabilia. The approximately 8,500 items in the collection document the full range of Dr. Seuss’s creative achievements, beginning in 1919 with his high school activities and ending with his death in 1991.
Currently the library has a “Happy Dr. Seuss” exhibit that will run until 24 March. Yesterday they had a birthday party in front of the library.
The Giesel Library is also partially credited with discovering a previously, unpublished book from the Dr. Seuss collection. What Pet Should I Get?, was thought to be written in the 1950s or 60s. It went on sale in July 2015.
The drawings and writing are by Dr. Seuss. Cathy Goldsmith, who did the coloring on his last published book, Oh The Places You’ll Go, worked on rendering Seuss’s original black and white drawings into color.
Although, Dr. Seuss is primarily known as a children’s author, many of his words can apply to kids of all ages-even really old ones….
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss quote? If you were to write in A Suess-esque style, what would you write? Join in the conversation and share what your favorite Seuss story is.