How fortunate that my son’s second grade teacher, Mrs. Carol Wawrychuk sent home a notice last week reminding parents that March 2 was America’s Read to Kids Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Did you know that 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You! which has sold over 650,000 copies?
Imagine my surprise when in the mail today two beautiful, shiny books arrived from Random House just in time for this special day. I cannot wait to read the limited edition Happy Birthday To You! and will also check out the new Happy Birthday, Baby! To honor this great occasion, I went around the office at L.A. Parent and asked staff to tell me their favorite Dr. Seuss book, or their child’s favorite. And as an added bonus, graphic artist and frequent guest reviewer, Terresa Burgess, supplied me with a photo of none other than the beloved Cat in The Hat about to hi-5 young Teagan!
Here are some of the responses I got back from my colleagues:
The only two books I remember having of his (Dr. Seuss) when I was growing up that were my favorites were: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham. – Dean Gojobori
Green Eggs and Ham!…Of course! – Lillian Doshay
My daughter’s favorite was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. – Helene Chemel
I like Green Eggs And Ham and Fox In Socks, because they are so fun to try to read fast out loud. – Michael Berick
I love Horton Hears A Who!!!!! It’s my favorite. What a great moral. We all really have a voice, no matter how big or small we are. It’s so important for all of us as individuals to be heard. – Michele Weiss
My very favorite Dr. Seuss book has to be Horton Hears a Who! When my daughter Lauren was a baby, we read it so often that I actually knew it by heart. This came in handy one very stormy day when Lauren and I were stuck in freeway traffic, me in the front seat and her in her carseat in back. She started to fuss, and to quiet her down I “read” her the story from memory. It worked!
“On the 15th of May, In the jungle of Nool …” – Christina Elston
I love it when the tweetle beetles battle on a noodle-eating poodle!
My vote is for Fox in Sox! – Carolyn Graham
As for me, I have such fond memories of reading Go, Dog. Go! I loved how my son and I would recite it together while snuggling close. He’d be the friendly dog and I’d be the poodle. We were always so happy that the two rode off together into the sunset, but while it was part of the Dr. Seuss ‘I Can Read’ series, it was actually by a wonderful author called P.D. Eastman. He also wrote Are You My Mother? Does anyone recall that other terrific story, A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock? Another couple of faves are Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! and Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? both by Dr. Seuss. I must mention, too, that my daughter adored The Foot Book.