Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Mar. 2: Dr. Seuss, American author of children's books


Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), actually Theodor Seuss Geisel ("Seuss" rhymes with "voice") was an American writer and illustrator of popular children's books. He wrote more than 60 books (six of which his successors have chosen not to publish any more because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong"--that is, they're racist and/or and insensitive). But others that you know well--Horton Hears a Who!; The Cat in the Hat; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Green Eggs and Ham; The Lorax; Oh, the Places You'll Go!; and so on--have long been in print, and had sold over 600 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. He received a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his "contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents," and also won two Academy Awards for things you've never heard of. Today, his birthday, has been adopted for the annual National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.


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