Dr Seuss books were great favourites in our house for many years as my children were growing up. My three children are all young adults now but I still have the well-read, dog-eared copies of Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham and loads more in our storeroom downstairs.
So many lovely memories are tied up in those books that I just can't bear to throw them out!
Kids of all ages love the silly rhymes and quirky illustrations which are part of all the Dr Seuss books and it helps that they're also great fun for adults to read.
In fact, there are many wonderful things about having children but I think introducing your children to the Dr Seuss stories you loved as a child is one of the best and most fun parts of being a parent!
Dr Seuss’s real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was an American writer and cartoonist who wrote 44 books for children in the years between 1945 and 1975. This makes the books quite old now, yet they’re still among the most popular children's books around.
I'm not sure exactly why Dr Seuss stories are so much fun to read. The nonsense rhymes and repetition just seem to create sentences that roll easily off the tongue in a satisfying rhythm.
Babies and young children love this and it's important for their development that they hear this sort of language. In fact, sharing the Dr Seuss books with your child will help develop his language skills and even lay the foundations for learning to read later on.
You can even start before your baby is born. There's good evidence now that babies hear and respond to sounds outside the womb well before they're born and there's a special Dr Seuss book designed for parents to read to their unborn baby!
This section of Best Books for Kids contains loads of information about Dr Seuss and his books and about how they can help your child grow into an enthusiastic and confident reader.
Here's some of the information you'll find about Dr Seuss and his books here on this site:
A Dr Seuss Biography
All about out Theodor Seuss Geisel, the man behind the books, and how he came to write for children.
List of Dr Seuss Books in Publication Order
A complete list of all 44 books written and illustrated by Dr Seuss.
List of Dr Seuss Books by Recommended Age
Helpful if you're looking for a book for a particular age group or to match your child's reading level.
Dr Seuss Baby Book
A special Dr Seuss book designed to be read to your baby before he or she is born.
Dr Seuss Activities
Fun activities to do with your child after you've read the books.
10 Fun Facts About Dr Seuss
A shorter, easy-to-read biography of Dr Seuss in point form.
Dr Seuss Quotes
Dr Seuss has been widely quoted and many of the lines from his books are very quotable too. Here are some of the best.
The Benefits of Reading Dr Seuss Books With Your Child
Did you know that sharing Dr Seuss books with your children can actually help them learn to read? Read about how this works here.
Dr Seuss Philosophy
A fun look at the messages behind some of the books.