Dr Seuss books formed part of my childhood. My favourite as a kid was Hop on Pop. I thought it hilarious…especially the “STOP! You must not hop on pop” bit. After doing a bit of research I discovered that not everyone found this part as humorous as I did. An article on CNN looks at a complaint and removal request made to the Toronto Library against the much-loved book because it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers”. Ha! I’m pleased to say the request to remove the book from the library was denied and Hop on Pop is still available for kids to enjoy.
Another classic is the motivational, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! which is a fab read for all ages so it’s not surprising that it came way out on top Be A Fun Mum readers favourite Dr Seuss books. Have you read them all?
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
A favourite book for inspiring graduates of all ages, this joyous ode to life playfully & lyrically imparts wisdom about the importance of taking charge of your own life, and how to positively navigate the highs and lows along the way.
Tip: Why not create a truly meaningful gift for your child by purchasing a copy of this book when they start school, and at the end of each school year asking your child’s teacher to personalise a page of the book? Present the book to your child when they graduate school and they will have a uniquely personal and uplifting memento to cherish as they venture out into the world. One father did this for his daughter and you can read the story here.
2. Green Eggs and Ham
Join Sam-I-Am as he enthusiastically muses on a dizzying array of places in which to enjoy the scrumptious delicacy that is green eggs and ham, and the friends with whom one can share it – so tasty, everywhere and in every way!
3. The Lorax
In this fable, Dr Seuss speaks through his character, the Lorax, warning against mindless progress and the danger it poses to the Earth’s natural beauty. A great book for fostering environmental awareness.
4. The Cat in the Hat
Sally and Dick are bored and stuck inside on a rainy old day…..until a diversion in the form of a giant cat – wearing a bowtie and striped hat – unexpectedly appears! A madcap romp ensues, complete with mischief, mayhem and merriment!
5. Hop On Pop
A perfect choice for beginner readers, this book is a charming introduction to simple poetry and words that rhyme. A particularly special book for children to read with their fathers.
6. Horton Hears A Who!
In this incredibly endearing tale, we follow a fiercely determined elephant named Horton on his bumpy journey, and learn the importance of perseverance, self-belief, and kindness.
7. The Sneetches and Other Stories
This delightful anthology contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on morality and how silly it is to be…well, silly! “The Sneetches”, “The Zax”, “Too Many Daves”, and “What Was I Scared Of?” offer something for everyone, and cleverly feature underlying themes of tolerance, acceptance, and compromise.
8. Fox In Socks
A hilarious book that ideally suits beginner readers, this features silly tongue twisters that beg to be read aloud, and will have readers of all ages giggling hysterically!
9. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
A classic book for beginner readers that uses clever tongue-twisters to celebrate the wonder of our imagination, and features a cavalcade of animals and other colourful and unusual creatures.
10. There’s A Wocket In My Pocket!
This delightfully humorous book follows a young boy as he rhymes his way around his home, discovering the many strange creatures that live within.
Tip: The light-hearted silliness of this book may prove useful in diffusing the anxiousness some children feel for unknown frights lurking in dark corners.