Read Across America

Read Across America



As part of the Best of the Batch Foundation's continued commitment to education, Charlie will be participating in Read Across America by reading to students at local schools.

"Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat" will be the 2013 theme of NEA's Read Across America celebration as we return to the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of mischief and celebrate the joy of reading across the nation on Friday, March 1, this year's official Read Across America Day.

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Dr. Suess Info

Birthdate: March 2, 1904

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

The Early Years

Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was given the middle name Seuss because it is his mother's maiden name. Dr. Seuss studied English at Oxford University in England, which is where he met his wife, Helen Palmer.

Finding His Voice

Dr. Seuss worked as a writer and cartoonist at various magazines before being hired to draw ads for a pesticide company. He drew nasty looking bugs for 15 years. It was only when Dr. Seuss was returning to the U.S. from a European vacation, by boat, that he wrote his fist children's book. His boredom on the long trip inspired Dr. Seuss to write a poem to the rhythm of the ship's engine. The result was the book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was rejected by the first 27 publishers he sent it to. The book was finally published and became a hit. However, Dr. Seuss didn't become a household name until he wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957.

Getting Serious

World War II interrupted Dr. Seuss' career as a children's book author. During the war, Dr. Seuss worked for the U.S. Army making documentary films for American soldiers. His films, Hitler Lives and Design for Death, both won Academy Awards. When the war was over, Dr. Seuss returned to his career as a successful children's author. Dr. Seuss died of cancer on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

Movie Mania

Even after his death, Dr. Seuss is still dazzling audiences. In 2000, the movie version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, garnered rave reviews. In 2003, The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers, hit theaters and, in 2008, Horton Hears a Who hit the big screen!

Dr. Seuss was the pen name for Theodor Seuss Geisel...

Most Americans grew up with Dr. Seuss books and we lovingly read them to our children and grandchildren. He wrote 44 children’s books and illustrated them too! His characters are uniquely his and his rhyming brings a singsong quality to the story that tickles children and makes adults smile. Dr. Seuss’ books have sold over two hundred million copies, have been translated to more than fifteen languages, and earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Seuss passed on in 1991, but he found his way to immortality, through books that bring a smile to every face that encounters them.

Did U Know? 

  • Dr. Seuss' wife, Helen Palmer, also wrote children's books under the Seuss label. 
  • The last book Dr. Seuss' ever wrote was a book for "obsolete children" (old peeps) titled You're Only Old Once.
  • When Dr. Seuss was a kid, his mother would soothe him to sleep by chanting rhymes from her childhood. Dr. Seuss credited her with his talent for rhyming.