Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 as well as three Academy Awards, Theodor Geisel (best known to his readers as Dr. Seuss) authored and illustrated forty-four children's books. Since his first children's book in 1936, Dr. Seuss has introduced several generations of kids to the joy of reading and the world of words. As a testament to the difference he made in early reader books, Dr. Seuss's birthday (March 2) is celebrated by literacy advocates everywhere. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Dr. Seuss]
Although this site lacks the graphics and animation I usually feature, it's included for its value as a reference: it lists all of Seuss's books followed by an alphabetic list of all his creatures (from Aaron, the alligator to Zummers.) Did you know the word "nerd" dates to 1950 when it first appeared in Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran the Zoo"? "I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo a Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!"
"Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927." This bio page is part of National Education Association's Read Across America site ï¿½ which is celebrating Seuss' birthday by calling for " every child in every school in the country to read with a caring adult on March 2, 2000."
"Welcome to Seussville University, where you can have ï¿½lots of good fun that is funny' while learning basic reading, math, science, and reasoning skills." From the Cat's Concentration game to Green Eggs and Ham picture scramble, Dr. Seuss fans will find plenty to crow about. My don't-miss-it pick of the day is the Shockwave "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!" game (listed under Reasoning.) It is based on the book written by Jack Prelutsky, inspired by work Dr. Seuss left incomplete at the time of his death in 1991.