Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Birthday to Mr. Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

5 Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss and his books:

1. The Geisel Library at UC San Diego is named after him.

2. The Cat in the Hat led Geisel to found Beginner Books, a publishing company specializing in easy-to-read books for children. In 1960 Random House acquired the company and made Geisel president of the Beginner Books division.

3. Theodor Seuss Geisel also wrote some children's books under the pseudonym of "Theo. leSieg"? (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.)

4. If I Ran the Circus is one of Weird Al Yankovic's favorite childhood books. How do I know? He told me - here.

5. Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, loved to wear crazy hats to parties. When he was having a hard time coming up with rhymes, he would sometimes put on one of his many “thinking caps” for inspiration - go here.


  1. Definitely one of my favorites, for reading rhyming words, and funny things and whimsical illustrations, to get kids interested!!! Target has a bunch of his books on sale for $5 (reg. $8.99)!

  2. Weird Al's favorite is one of the only Dr. Seuss books I don't think I know. I'll have to look it up.

    My favorite is one that most people don't even mention: Bartholemew and the Oobleck. It's prose, not poetry, and I don't think it caught on with people. But I can never get the image of a town covered with oobleck out of my mind.

  3. We just checked out some from the library. My favorite as a kid was "To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street."

    1. His first children's book! Thanks for the recommendation! :)