Friday 2 Mar, 2012

Celebrating the Incredible Imagination of Dr. Seuss

March 2 marks the anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel—Dr. Seuss—reading to 4-year-old Lucinda Bell at his La Jolla, California, home, 1956. photo credit: Associated Press

The always-imaginative and prolific author penned more than 40 children’s books in his lifetime. His books like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Horton Hears a Who! have been favorites for generations. And several of his beloved stories and characters have found their way from the pages of books and on to television, computer and movie screens–and don’t forget Dr. Seuss apps for tablets and smartphones!

Many Dr. Seuss fans are looking forward to the wise-old Seuss character coming to life in the new movie, The Lorax. (Read a review of the new film and check out a Lorax lesson plan.)

But this isn’t the first time the Lorax has gone from page to screen. The Lorax first made that leap in 1972 in an animated TV special. Find out more about Dr. Seuss characters in film and television.

Seuss fans can also explore the world of Seuss in the online world of Seussville and PBS Kids’ The Cat in the Hat Knows That, which is an television series and with online lessons and activities.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday also marks Read Across America Day, an annual program to encourage children to read and celebrate the joys of reading, because as Dr. Seuss said:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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