I loved his books, a ton of fun,
Not four, not three, not two, not one.
The characters, the catchy rhymes,
His memory lasts, for all times.

Ryan Glab (03/02/15)

Dr. Seuss, the famed writer and cartoonist, was born 111 years ago on Monday. He was a creative genius who wrote popular children’s books such as Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, and my personal favorite, Green Eggs and Ham.

His work is so popular that movies have been created based on his stories.

Dr. Seuss used colorful characters and cleverly constructed language to make his stories memorable, lyrical, and fun for children to recite. I respect the man so much that I at one time wanted to be just like him and become a children’s book author.

Here’s my Top 5 list of favorite Seuss stories:

  1. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

    One of the most basic of all books for beginning readers, this story uses basic rhyming principles and words easily understandable by children to show the diversity of fish. Definitely a fun story for children to recite — or listen to, at story time before bed.

  2. The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)

    This is actually a collection of stories, but my favorite of them is The Sneetches. It’s about a group of yellow characters — no, not The Simpsons — who are segregated based on whether or not they have a star on their bellies. Eventually, in an effort to be superior, they all attempt to add and remove stars to the point where they can no longer recognize who was originally part of what “clan” and they become friends.

  3. The Cat in the Hat (1957)

    Perhaps one of, if not the most famous of Dr. Seuss’ stories. A cat — in a hat, conveniently named — shows up at the house of a brother/sister pair and while he entertains them, he wrecks the house. Then they have to clean up before the mother comes home.

  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)

    A story about finding your heart at Christmas, what can be better? For those who know me, or have been reading my blog entries since December, you know how much I love Christmas. This is just one classic holiday story.

  5. Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

    I was a picky eater as a kid. To this day, even though I’ve become far more willing to try new things, I still have to force myself to eat something that doesn’t “look” appetizing. But the story resonated with me as a child and still holds a place in my heart to this day.