Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children’s authors of the 20th century, and his impact on learning, creativity, and make-believe continues today. March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and we wanted to highlight his life and some of his most famous quotes. Each quote has a header image that you can download and add to your Facebook profile to celebrate Seuss!
As “Dr. Seuss,” Geisel authored more than 50 children’s books, which have been translated into 20+ languages. His first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was written in 1937, and the majority of his books were written for children, such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He won three Academy Awards, two Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize for his literary contributions. In a 1975 interview, he said “I began to get it through my skull that words and pictures were Yin and Yang. I began thinking that words and pictures, married, might possibly produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”The last book that Dr Seuss Wrote before his death was “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, when he was 86 years old.
Last year, Dartmouth College renamed their medical school to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in honor of the generosity that Audrey and Theodor Geisel showed to Dartmouth. Their philanthropic contributions were the most significant in Dartmouth’s history, which was fitting because Dr. Seuss was a 1925 graduate of Dartmouth. Jim Yong Kim, President of Dartmouth, said “Ted Geisel lived out the Dartmouth ethos of thinking differently and creatively to illuminate the world’s challenges and the opportunities for understanding and surmounting them. His vivid storytelling—with its whimsical imagery, fanciful phrasing, and deeper meaning—lives on and raises children’s literacy around the world to new heights by entertaining, amusing, and educating.”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams”
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life throughout he wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities”
“Adults are just obsolete children, and to hell with them!”
“You are in pretty good shape for the shape you are in”
Not only is March 2nd Dr. Seuss’s birthday, it’s also been named “Read Across America Day,” in his honor. Which Dr. Seuss books will you be reading for on March 2nd?