Dr. Seuss, the loved children’s book author, actually didn’t have any children of his own. When asked about not having kids, Seuss responded, “You have ’em, I’ll amuse ’em.” I bet you didn’t know that. Here are 10 other bits of trivia you probably didn’t know about Dr. Seuss.
1. Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel. He was never a doctor enough though we call him Dr. Seuss
2. Dr. Seuss was granted an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, Dartmouth college.
3. Originally, Seuss was pronounced “soice” as in “choice”. Everyone mispronounced it so he kept it Seuss.
4. Dr. Seuss didn’t always write children’s stories. During World War II, he made American war propaganda like Private Snafu in 1943. After WWII he made his first children’s book.
5. His first book was rejected 27 times. Luckily, he ran into a friend and ended up publishing Mulberry Street. Seuss said that if he had been walking on the other side of the street that day he would have never been an author.
6. As an apology for his war propaganda, he wrote Horton Hears a Who.
7. Seuss was the first person to use the word “nerd” in his book, If I Ran the Zoo.
8. Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated.
9. Dr. Seuss was editor-in-chief of Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth college’s humor magazine but when he and his friends were caught throwing a party and drinking gin during Prohibition, he had to step down.
10. At the time of Ted’s death on September 24, 1991, some 200 million copies of his books, translated into 15 different languages, had found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Since then, sales continue to climb, estimated at more than 300 million since 1991.
Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
These two think it is The Cat in The Hat