Top 5 Dr Seuss Books for Children

Dr. Seuss believed in children’s eagerness to learn and found a way to make learning fun by not only taking great delight in reading his books but in devouring every page. With pictures to light the page and the imagination, he was surely every child’s dream come true. Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, Fox in Socks, Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? These are the top 5 Dr Seuss books for children.


These results don’t come from any advanced study nor gathering of statistics from far and wide. The favourites have been decided because these are the books my children loved and laughed over, not once or twice but dozens of times. In fact, every time we opened these pages my children giggled and their faces lit up the room. Everyone in the room sang out the rhymes in unison. The words were remembered from one night to the next yet there was always a sense of anticipation at the turn of every page.

Will it be the same tonight? What if somehow the outcome is a little different from the night before? We all know the end of the story. We know that the cat in the hat will get there in the end. But somehow the words are as fresh today as they were yesterday and there is always an element of surprise no matter how many times we have heard the end of the story.

Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat must take out the prize for the best ever Dr. Seuss tale. Was it because this was the first book recognised by the publishing companies or merely that it was the easiest story to read to children? The rhyme rolls along as easy as the waves hit the shore. Images of the infamous Cat with his cheeky grin and wearing his best hat straight from the circus are enough to hook the youngest reader. What child wouldn’t be content with this story of a simple cat making his mark in the world and winning the day by the end of the book?

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket

What do you have in your pocket? A wocket? What is a wocket? Find out for yourselves in yet another of Dr. Seuss rhyming ditties. The pictures alone will give the game away. You’ve got to love that man Seuss – every child that’s ever read one of his stories will know exactly where I’m coming from.

Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

We’ve all heard of green ham and decided it might be better off in the trash can than in the frying pan. Yet Dr Seuss spins his yarn of green eggs and ham and leaves little doubt that food is as good as we make it. The catchy rhymes in this book have even the smallest toddler chanting away about green eggs and ham and spam I am.

Fox in Socks

Fox in Socks had a big place in our home when my children were little. Partly because my eldest son had a stuffed fox with white socks that he snuggled in to each night but mostly because Dr Seuss brought him to life, the delightful tale of a fox in socks was clearly a winner. The fox that leapt off the pages and into our living room spread joy amongst anyone within ear shot.

Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?

Not only can Mr. Brown moo like a cow but he can also go ‘Pop’ like a cork or ‘Klopp’ to make the same sound as a horse’s hooves. Bringing out the best, or worst of any reader, clicking the way through these pages of nonsense sends all ages into shrieks of laughter. Buzz like a bumble bee and before you know it you’ll be making noises bigger and better than Mr. Brown.

The Top Five Dr. Seuss Books for Children

It is with great delight that I bring you the top five Dr. Seuss books for children. Not only did they bring a smile to my children’s faces every night of their young lives but they also reinforced for me the simplicity of words and pictures to not only brighten but lighten any day.

Copyright © 2011 Karen Wilton

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Our kids were all big fans of "the doctor" as well. A big fav was "If I ran the Circus"

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lilibees 5 years ago

One fish, Two fish.... One of my favorite Dr. Suess books. Great topic for this inspirational topic!

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've never read any of the Dr. Seuss books, although I know that they're famous. They sound so cheerful and fun from your

descriptions. You've persuaded me to have a look at them!

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

RedElf, I don't remember the "If I Ran the Circus" book but I can imagine how nonsensical it would have been. Dr. Seuss certainly had a magical imagination.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am an adult....I think! I can't help it but I just love all of Dr. Seus' books. He makes up names and the animals are hilarious.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Here I thought I knew all of the Dr. Seuss books and have discovered some new ones to me. I will have to look for them Great Hub!

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

lilibees I guess I should have gone for the top 10 and included one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Our original copy was read that much it ended up tattered and torn. I'll need to get another copy for the grandchildren!

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Definitely check out Dr. Seuss AliciaC. I think his books should be on the top of a list of things to do to make you smile. They are a lot of fun and easy for children to read. Thanks for the comment.

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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

The first Suess book I ever read-- when I was a kid was "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins"-- one of his early ones. and I was enchanted. But I did enjoy reading his later ones to my kids. "If I Ran the Zoo" and "If I Ran the Circus"( The Circus McGurkus).

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b. Malin 5 years ago

When I managed a Doctor's Office, I always made sure we stocked Dr. Seuss books. But alas, alack, some child was always taking one home! I finally made it like a "Lending

Library" they could take the book, as long as the NEXT visit they brought it back. It worked and they did! Good Hub Karanda.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Cardisa, I hope we are never too old to appreciate Dr Seuss and his cartoon characters. Thanks for reading.

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Oh the Places You'll Go...with Dr.Suess. Great hub. I like the newer non-fiction books that there are now as well.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Just Ask Susan I am thrilled to know I have introduced you to some Dr Seuss' books you didn't know about. They were around a long time ago, when my boys were toddlers.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Karanda-wonderful job on old Doc Seuss. One thing that I would have added is a poll: 'what is YOUR favorite Dr. S book?' and give a few to choose from. Just b/c I am curious about which book other people enjoy. :) Thanks for sharing.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Rochelle Frank I've heard of "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" but not read it. Is it still in print?

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

That's great to hear the lending library worked b.Malin. Those books could easily have walked out the door never to be seen again. Dr. Seuss is pretty popular.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Cardelean the places we went with Dr. Seuss when my boys were little were far and wide. Always colourful, larger than life characters and those fantastic rhymes. The nightly bedtime story was never the same after we discovered the likes of Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

What a fantastic suggestion Denise Handlon. As you can see, I've now added a poll using our family favourites' Top 5 Dr Seuss books. I hope everyone who visits casts a vote or let's us know if they have a different favourite.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Yay. I am going to vote now. LOL OK I just voted. I'm the only one to vote so it is hands down for the cat in the hat. LOL My favorite old one is Go Dog Go! But, my favorite latest one is: Oh the Places You'll Go. Just to prove you are never to 'old' to receive a children's book-especially one from the esteemed Seuss, I gave a copy to my daughter when she graduated from H.S.

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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

My son LOVES Green Eggs and Ham! We read that, along with some others, almost every night. Fox in Sox is so much fun to read (at least for me!). We also read The Foot Book by Dr. Suess. :)

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vox vocis 5 years ago

I wasn't familiar with dr. Seuss books; nice to have found out about them. I'll definitely check them out. Hub voted up!

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Who can deny the pleasures of DR Seuss. The anarchic, wonderful and thought provoking stories and rhymes delight children and adults alike. Great hub!

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hey Denise, others have voted now and Cat in the Hat is in front. I love that you gave your daughter one of Dr Seuss' books as an adult. I agree you are never too old.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Isn't it funny how evenings in your house must have been the same as ours ThePracticalMommy? I wonder if Dr Seuss had any idea when he first started writing that his books would be loved all over the world.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great choices! My kids had all of them, and I remember "To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street," as one of the favorites. I hit the 'vote' button on your poll before I remembered this one! ;-)

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for voting DzyMsLizzy and bringing another favourite of Dr Seuss to my attention. I can't remember having read that one, I'll have to look it up.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Vox Vocis I hope you do get a chance to read Dr Seuss. He had a wonderful way with words and his books were full of original, cartoon-like and colourful characters. Thank you for your comment.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Docmo and glad you are familiar with Dr Seuss' work. He was an unrecognised talent for many years. In fact, I read that he approached 27 different publishing companies before his books were printed. There's hope for all of us, maybe.

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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Hi Karanda

Certainly Dr. Seuss could have written a story about down under. Something like "No Missing Sock For Me, Just Down Under, Mate."

I enjoy being silly. Some folks like silly, some appreciate silly, and some join in. I have a few friends and we all enjoy silly. So good ol' Dr Seuss reminds us that at rock bottom, down under, we are all silly, just kids, traveling up and around.

Thanks for the insightful hub, Karanda.

As always, well-written and and capturing.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

What a great hub. Reading stories to my kids is one of my favorite things about being a parent. Dr. Seuess is always part of the rotation. I loved how you made your selections for this hub based on your children's sheer enjoyment.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Vern I'm sure Dr. Seuss could have written a whole series using the 'down under' tag and some slang to match and rhyme. Silly is good for the soul and if someone gets a belly laugh from listening to me read those silly rhymes all is well in my world.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you Tracy Lynn Conway. Reading was a nightly ritual at our house when the boys were young. I have to say it is one of those things I truly miss now that my children are adults and can read to themselves.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

He's the man, simply because he can. Children listen and won't be missin' their bedtime rhymes. Hugs, Debby

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Like your style, 'cause it was written with a smile. Hah, perhaps I'll leave the rhyming to Dr Seuss. Thanks for reading Debby.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

It is so much fun to rhyme and that's why kids love the time

Dr Seuss, he's the man, even adults can be a fan.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thanks for sharing.

Here's to many more hubs to share on here.

Take care


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

These books are really great ..Thanks for sharing karanda

alexis 5 years ago

i love this site thanks for putting sooooooooooooo much effort into it karanda

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Alexis. Really appreciate your comment and thank you for noticing the effort I put in to this site. Hey, I think it's worth it!

;p;; 4 years ago

cat in the hat! haha hilariouis

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