Dr. Seuss: Celebrating his contribution to the legacy of children literature
In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, many educators step back a little bit to pay homage to one of the greatest children authors in history. Parents and educators agree that reading is perhaps one of the life skills children need. In a weeklong celebration, many prepare by reading different Dr. Seuss’ books or doing some creative crafts. But let’s consider what this amazing author contributed to children literature.
In 1904, Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2 in Springfield, MA. By the 1920s, he began to publish humorous cartoons under the names Seuss, L. Pasteur, D. G. Rosetti ’25, T. Seuss, and Theo LeSieg. But by 1928, the name Dr. Seuss was officially appearing on his many books. In 1937, he published his first children’s book called “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. With World War II escalating in 1941, Dr. Seuss began to draw political cartoons. Then, by 1947, he published “McElligot’s Pool”, winner of the Caldecott Honor.
Timeline of Published Works
Later, he started to publish more children’s books:
- 1954 – Horton Hears a Who!
- 1957 – Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- 1958 – Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
- 1960 – Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- 1961 – The Sneetches and Other Stories
- 1963 – Dr. Seuss’s ABC and Hop on Pop
- 1971 – The Lorax
- 1974 – There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
- 1984 – The Butter Battle Book
- 1990 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
These are some of the amazing examples of Dr. Seuss books for children. Each story represents a specific time in our world of drastic political change or history. Although he published countless books for kids and political cartoons, he established a renowned foundation for children education.
Parents and educators read these wonderful books to their children not to just learn about words and rhyming. But children also learned about how our world has shaped. And what we can do as people that inhabit this Earth. Dr. Seuss teaches us to tell our children about the injustices that occurred in our world and the importance to take care of the environment.
In memory and honor of his literary and artwork, many museums and art galleries celebrate his birthday in a special way:
- The Springfield Museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with children’s stories, diverse activities, and a cake contest.
- The UC San Diego has a special exhibition celebrating “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” It’s open until March 18th, 2013.
- The Art of Dr. Seuss also has his original collections of art, sketches, and drawing.
- Dr. Seuss’ political cartoons were not as popular as his children’s books. The PBS Independent Lens tells the political views of Dr. Seuss in a clear and unbiased perspective.
Dr. Seuss or Mr. Geisel, a spokesperson for injustices, a political cartoonist, and a witty children’s author, left behind the legacy of hope and renewal for humanity. He passed away on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California.