Dr Seuss


"Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."
Theodore Geisel

Perhaps one of the best-known and best-loved children's authors of all time, Dr Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel) is most famous for his delightful stories of The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, now successful movies - but there are so many more to enjoy! Make your reading of Dr Seuss even more memorable by trying some of these Dr Seuss activities or party ideas below.

Oh! The Places You'll Go!

Dr Seuss's Birthday

Also known as Dr Seuss Day, this is celebrated on 2nd March each year. It's a great time to get out all your favourite Dr Seuss stories and read them out loud! Then print out some of the activities below or try our craft ideas!

Dr Seuss Activities for Kids

A Short Biography of Dr Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, was a beloved American author of children's books (many of which were made into animated films). He was born on March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. As a child, he loved to draw, write and read, and continued to do so throughout his life.

He attended the prestigious Dartmouth College where he wrote for the college magazine under the pseudonym 'Seuss'. After graduating in 1925 with a degree in English Literature, he continued his studies in England, at Oxford University. During this time he met Helen Palmer, whom he later married.

Dr Seuss began writing children’s books while working as an illustrator for advertising agencies. His first published book, released in 1937, was "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street". It became a great success among children and adults alike. He wrote and illustrated more than 40 books in the years that followed, many of which are childhood favourites to this day. Perhaps the most well known are The Cat In The Hat (1957), Green Eggs And Ham (1960) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966).

Dr Seuss was a master of using limited, repetitive vocabulary. This not only helped children read the books themselves, but, together with his easy rhyme and scansion, also made them fun for younger pre-readers to listen to and anticipate. He understood the importance of providing meaningful stories with simple words that would engage and delight young readers. Dr Seuss kept his vocabulary simple, often repeating words throughout the book to emphasise their importance. For example, in Green Eggs and Ham, he uses just fifty different words but stills tells a lively story with an important message.

Dr Seuss won many awards. In 1957 his book "The Cat In The Hat" won him the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for imaginative fiction for children aged 6–12 years old. Later, in 1984 he was awarded an honourary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. Other awards and recognition included the Caldecott Medal (for Horton Hears A Who! in 1954), The Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (for lifetime achievement) and three Academy Awards nominations (for Gerald McBoing-Boing in 1950, The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T in 1953 and How The Grinch Stole Christmas in 1966).

Dr Seuss was also a major influence in the realm of animation, writing scripts for many television specials like Horton Hears A Who!, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! And Daisy-Head Mayzie. He also directed two full length motion picture films: “The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr T” (1953) and “The Lorax” (1972). He passed away at age 87 in 1991. His works still live on, inspiring young readers all over the world with the power of imagination and creativity!

Our Dr Seuss Activities

Dr Seuss Colouring Pages
Dr Seuss has created some of the most recognisable characters in children's literature.  ...
Dr Seuss Printables
Explore our fun collection of Dr Seuss printables here! You'll find posters, character studies...
Learn to Draw Dr Seuss Characters
Kids can learn to draw their favourite Dr Seuss characters with these fun printable step by step...
Dr Seuss Puzzles
Challenge your children to these printable Dr Seuss themed puzzles. We've got crosswords and...
Dr Seuss Recipes
Trying our a Dr Seuss recipe or two can be a fun accompanying activity to reading one of the Dr...
The Cat in the Hat
Is the Cat in the Hat everyone's favourite Dr Seuss character? He is certainly mine - and I...
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
With the book The Grinch who Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss seems to have captured a spirit of a...
The Lorax
With the film of The Lorax now a firm family favourite, we thought it would be fun to produce a...

Give a Dr Seuss Themed Party

Red and white striped cup filled with popcorn
Anything red and white striped is instantly evocative of Dr Seuss, especially if you through in a little bright blue! How about filling up some party paper cups with popcorn? If you can't find stripes, you could always add your own with a red marker, and write on each child's name - that way they could double up place settings!

Dr Seuss Crafts

Here are a few quick and simple craft ideas based on some of your Dr Seuss favourites...
Dr Seuss Crafts

Teaching with Dr Seuss

Ideas for combining Dr Seuss's wonderful stories with some learning activities.
Dr Seuss Teaching Ideas

Mr Dr Seuss Ideas

Goldfish activities
There's a goldfish and goldfish bowl in The Cat in the Hat - and we've got one here too!

Visit Seussville (Leaving Activity Village)
The official Dr Seuss site, there is much to do and enjoy here.

Dr Seuss Books

Dr Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children's books, many of which remain firm favourites around the world today. How many have you read?

  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • A Hatful of Seuss
  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck
  • The Butter Battle Book
  • The Cat In The Hat
  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
  • Dr. Seuss’ ABC Book
  • Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
  • The Foot Book
  • Fox in Socks
  • Gerald McBoing Boing
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Happy Birthday To You
  • Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!
  • Hop On Pop
  • Horton Hatches The Egg
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Hunches in Bunches
  • I Am Not Going To Get Up Today
  • I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
  • I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew
  • If I Ran The Circus
  • If I Ran The Zoo
  • The King’s Stilts
  • The Lorax
  • McElligot’s Pool
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
  • My Book About Me
  • My Many Coloured Days
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Oh, The Things You Can Think
  • Oh, Say Can You Say
  • On Beyond Zebra
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Scrambled Eggs Super
  • The Sneetches And Other Stories
  • Ten Apples Up On Top
  • There’s A Wocket In My Pocket
  • Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose
  • Yertle the Turtle

"The more that you read
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn
The more places you'll go!"
Dr Seuss

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