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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.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

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Go, Dog, Go!

Go, Dog, Go!

By: P.D. Eastman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of “Dr. Seuss” (Seuss was Geisel’s middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: “The Cat in the Hat.” The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including “Hop on Pop,” “Fox in Socks,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Other favorite …

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My Many Colored Days

My Many Colored Days

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

Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973, is a letter outlining his hopes of finding “a great color artist who will not be dominated by me.” The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the “first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color.” The quest for an artist has finally ended–after the manuscript languished for more than two decades–at the paint brushes of husband-and-wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher whose stunning, expressive paintings reveal such striking images …

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There's No Place like Space!

There’s No Place like Space!

By: Tish Rabe,
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 8-9

Blast off for educational fun! Beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched via Seussian sorcery on a wild trip to visit the nine planets in our solar system along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, and Dick and Sally.

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Wish for a Fish: All about Sea Creatures

Wish for a Fish: All about Sea Creatures

By: Bonnie Worth
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

The Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Dick take an undersea voyage aboard the S.S. Undersea Glubber! Traveling down from the Sunny Zone to the Dark Zone to the Trench at the bottom, Captain Cat and his crew get up close and personal with the different life forms found at each level of the ocean. Along the way, they meet sharks, jellyfish, dolphins, manatees, whales, and sea cucumbers, to name just a few!

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Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who!

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

You just saw the movie in theaters, now take the original book home. Surely among the most lovable of all Dr. Seuss creations, Horton the Elephant represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance–all wrapped up, thank goodness, in a comical and even absurd package. Horton hears a cry for help from a speck of dust, and spends much of the book trying to protect the infinitesimal creatures who live on it from the derision and trickery of other animals, who think their elephant friend has gone quite nutty. But worse is in …

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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg

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

Poor Horton. Dr. Seuss’s kindly elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its mother, the good-for-nothing bird lazy Maysie, takes a break. Little does Horton know that Maysie is setting off for a permanent vacation in Palm Springs. He waits, and waits, never leaving his precarious branch, even through a freezing winter and a spring that’s punctuated by the insults of his friends. (“They taunted. They teased him. They yelled ‘How Absurd! Old Horton the Elephant thinks he’s a bird!'”) Further indignities await, but Horton has the patience …

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The Foot Book : Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites

The Foot Book : Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites

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

The book is intended for young children, and it seeks to convey the concept of opposites through depictions of different kinds of feet. The text of The Foot Book is highly stylized, containing the rhymes, repetitions, and cadences typical of Dr. Seuss’s work.

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Fox in Socks

Fox in Socks

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

A collection of tongue twisters that is “an amusing exercise for beginning readers.”

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The Sneetches & Other Stories

The Sneetches & Other Stories

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

Four funny easy-to-read stories all with subtly planted moral lessons.

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