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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. His books have become staples for many children and their parents. Seuss’s trademarks were his rhyming text and his outlandish creatures.

Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

By: P. D. Eastman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

It is the story about a mother bird who knows her egg will be in her nest where she left it, so she leaves him alone to go and get something for him to eat. The baby bird hatches. He doesn’t understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. In his search, he asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother. They each say, “No.”

Then he sees an old car, which can’t be his mother for sure. In desperation, …

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Lorax

Lorax

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Level: 8-9

“UNLESS someone like you… cares a whole awful lot… nothing is going to get better… It’s not.”
Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

Don’t be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it’s not ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss’ familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss’ message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through …

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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Level: 6-7

One wet, rainy day while mother is out, a boy and a girl sit dejectedly in their chairs, watching the rain beat against the window. They’re bored. Suddenly, in bursts a large cat in a tall striped hat, ready to play – and not just ordinary games, oh no! This cat likes to create mischief and mayhem, and to aid him, he brings Thing One and Thing Two. These two small fuzzy blue imps race around the house, wreaking havoc. Who’s going to clean up this mess? This most famous …

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C.

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There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Ridiculous Rhymes

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Ridiculous Rhymes

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket is filled with bizarre creatures and rhymes: the nupboard in the cupboard, ghairs beneath the stairs, and the bofa on the sofa!

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Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Level: 8-9

Dr. Seuss turns 50 simple words into magic in this time-honored classic. Sam-I-am won’t give up! He keeps trying to get the grumpy grown-up in the story to taste green eggs and ham. No matter how Sam-I-am presents the green eggs and ham (in a box, with a fox, in the rain, on a train), the curmudgeon refuses to try them. Finally, Sam-I-am’s pesky persistence pays off. A crowd of open-mouthed onlookers watch in suspense as the old grouch takes a bite. And?…SAY! The old sourpuss’s face is wreathed in …

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Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

Hears an introduction for babies to the wonderful mishmash world of sounds. Listen to the cow’s MOO, the frying eggs’ SIZZLE, and the thunder’s BOOM BOOM BOOM. There are plenty of noises for everyone!

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My Book about Me

My Book about Me

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

Encourages children to find out about themselves, while having fun writing and drawing their own biographies.

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If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Level: 6-7

In the book, Gerald McGrew is a kid who, when visiting a zoo, finds that the exotic animals are “not good enough”. He says that if he ran the zoo, he would let all of the current animals free and find new, more bizarre and exotic ones. Throughout the book he lists these creatures, starting with a lion with ten feet and escalating to more imaginative (and imaginary) creatures, such as the Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, “the world’s biggest bird from the island of Gwark, who eats only pine trees, and spits out …

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