Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, did you know? He’s brought so many great stories into our homes with rhymes and beautifully illustrated children’s books. He’s amazing in that he’s able to capture the essence of all imagination, for men, women, children and blend it all together to create meaningful, thought-provoking rhymes.
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss
- Did you know that Dr. Seuss wasn’t actually a doctor? He added Dr. to his pen name, because his dad always wanted him to be one.
- Seuss was his middle name, rather than his first or last. It was his mother’s maiden name. His full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.
- Dr. Seuss never had children. He was in fact afraid of them, even though most of his books were written for them.
- He married twice. The first time ended in a tragic event due to his infidelity.
- He was editor in chief for his college magazine, but got kicked off of it when he and his friends were found drinking during times of the Prohibition.
- His first book was rejected 27 times.
- He was too old to be drafted during WWII so he served with Frank Capra’s Signal Corps, where he created propaganda cartoons and animated training films.
- The book Green Eggs and Ham was written as a result of a bet his editor made him that he couldn’t write a book that was only 50 words. The book had exactly 50 words.
- Dr. Seuss won a Pulitzer prize and two Academy Awards.
- Dr. Seuss’s last book, What Pet Should I Get?, was published in 2015, years after his death, after his widow found it.
Famous Quotes by Dr. Seuss
Over the years, we’ve picked up quotes from his beautiful writing to inspire and motivate us in day to day challenges. Here are some of the best that you may already be familiar with: