Well I completely missed the boat on this one. I can barely pay attention to my own scribbled-all-over calendar of personal events to notice much else, so I guess it makes sense that I’m a few days late. But it sure would have been a great entry to post on his birthday. Happy belated birthday, Dr. Seuss!

His work is one of my favorite things to share with my children. I love his quirky style, and the clever ways his rhymes stumble off the tongue is just as much fun for the reader as it is for the listener.

A fantastic Seuss collection, Your Favorite Seuss, contains several of his most well-known pieces and some of my absolute favorites. The Cat in the Hat is my boys’ favorite story, followed closely by Oh the Places You’ll Go and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (MY favorite). There was a time last winter – while I was seven months pregnant with Joey and unable to do much else but sit and read to my boys – when I had nearly all of Cat in the Hat memorized. So well, in fact, I could recite it to my guys while we made dinner.

I think what’s the most amazing of all, though, is the fact that even though this book is chalk-full of great Seuss stuff, it doesn’t even come close to encompass the magnitude of his work. A great friend of mine recently had a Seuss-themed baby shower, and we played a lot of Seuss-themed games. I couldn’t believe how many stories are out there that I wasn’t even aware of, and I’m a pretty big fan of the guy.

So I encourage everyone to look beyond the over-commercialized Seuss and find some real gems.

A couple of my favorites:

 

What other good ones am I missing?

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