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10 Best Dr. Seuss Books and Activities

Updated on August 30, 2017

Review of Best Children's Books and Extension Activities to Go With Them

Learning should be fun!

Dr. Seuss intended it that way! Dr. Seuss, otherwise known as Theodore Seuss Geisel (born March 2, 1904), is a well known children's book author who created joy wherever his books are read. Dr. Seuss has published 44 books that have been adored by millions of children and their parents. Here you will find a list of mine and my children's top favorites to read, as well as some activities to enhance the experience for your child.

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Extension activities are used to enhance the learning experience of reading a book... plus it's fun!

Appropriate books for your child

How do you choose?

First of all, you can never go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book! They are fun for all ages and never go out of style. What you want to look for when deciding on a Dr. Seuss book are: 1) durability, 2) length, and 3) content.

Durability: A board book is best for a child under the age of 3. For obvious reasons, they like to tear pages and stick everything in their mouth!

Length: A child under 5 might not have the patience to sit through a 40 page Dr. Seuss book. Even though the pictures are great and the words are funny!

Content: There are some books that you may not be okay with reading to your child. Make sure you read it first to approve it. Also, you want to know what content is in the book so that you can use extension activities and other educational tools to enhance their learning experience.

So, if you feel like you have a child with a short attention span (or likes to eat pages), and you really like the book Fox in Socks, then buy the board book. Board books are a shorter version of the original book, but still have great content!

#10 Ten Apples Up On Top - Hey now, look at me, I have three apples up on me!

This book features a dog, tiger, and a lion all competing to see who can stack all their apples up on their head. My children like this book a lot. They like to pretend that they are one of the characters in the book and be the "winner," whoever has the most apples up on top. It's also a great way to encourage counting!

Activities to Enjoy with Ten Apples Up On Top

Stack 'em Up!

1. Make an apple inspired treat

Recipes for Kids

Easy Kid Recipes

2. Finger paint an apple tree or paint with an apple

Preschool Activities

Apple Painting

3. Play a game with apples

Apple Games and Fun

4. Teach them to count

Counting Games with Toddlers

Math Activities for Preschoolers

5. Play follow the leader or simon-says

Classic Kids Games

Image thanks to Erica_Marshall

#9: ABC Book - Big A, Little a, What begins with A?

It's always a good idea to teach your kids their ABC's! Why not let Dr. Seuss help you do it? I really enjoy this book because it gives fun words that start with a letter. It keeps a child entertained while learning.

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Activities to Enjoy with the ABC Book

Now I know my ABCs

1. Sign as you sing the Alphabet song

Sing and Sign

2. Do a letter of the day

Preschool Worksheets

Handwriting Worksheets

3. Alphabet snacks

Forum of ideas from Teachers

4. Look around your house for things that start with the letter you are working on

5. Display their worksheets around their bedroom to see every day.

Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography

Alphabet Resources - The alphabet is everywhere!

Meet the Letters DVD
Meet the Letters DVD

This is a great DVD for ages 9 months to 5 years. It's fun and exciting for children, and has a great success rate, my son included!

 
Melissa & Doug 52 Wooden Alphabet Magnets in a Box - Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
Melissa & Doug 52 Wooden Alphabet Magnets in a Box - Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

A more hands-on approach to learning the alphabet and spelling.

 

#8: Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now - The time has come, the time is now!

I really enjoy this book, especially as a child. It has a great story line, all throughout the book I'm trying to figure out why they want Marvin K, Mooney to go. I also love the pictures in this book, as usual, Dr. Seuss has a knack for imagination.

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Activities for Marvin K. Mooney

and for you and your child

1. Play 20 questions to guess the mode of transportation.

2. Take your child on an adventure in transportation they've never been in, i.e. bus, taxi, train, trolley.

3. See who can name the most ways that Marvin (or you) can leave.

4. Talk about reasons why the person might want Marvin to go.

5. Be theatrical! Dr. Seuss gives you a great script, run with it!

Image thanks to Erica_Marshall

If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.

#7: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Say! What a lot of fish there are.

This fun rhyming book teaches children about counting, colors, sizes, and emotions. Great book for early learners!

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Activities for One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Fishy Fun with one Fishy Dr. Seuss book

1. Make fishy arts and crafts

Headbands

Art Activities

Fish Crafts

2. Make blue Jell-O jigglers with a red swedish fish in the middle.

3. Use paint to decorate a fish bowl for a new pet fish.

4. Print some fishy worksheets.

5. Get moving with these great fish games

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#6: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think - Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try

I love that this book encourages children in their creativity and imagination. A really fun book!

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Activities for Oh, The Thinks You Can Think

Using your Noggin

1. Give your child a journal to write their thoughts, or a sketchbook for those who can't write yet.

2. Play games that will get them thinking, i.e. hide and seek, etc.

3. Make up a story together. The wackier the better!

4. Do a kid-safe science experiment

5. Create a new recipe together.

Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography

#5: The Cat in the Hat - Lots of good fun, if you wish.

Who doesn't know about The Cat in The Hat? This is probably the most well-known Dr. Seuss book. As always with Dr. Seuss, children get immersed in the imagination of possibilities. All children need to read this book and it is a great started book when learning how to read.

Activities for Cat in The Hat

and other kinds of Hat Tricks

There are so many ideas on this website I found, I thought I'd share it with you. There is a large list of games, crafts, etc.

#4: Green Eggs and Ham - Would you, could you?

This popular book is loved by many. It really gets the children's mind working about the possibilities of their actually being green eggs and ham!

Green Eggs and Ham Recipe

Ham it up!

This recipe includes:

Green food coloring

Water

Sliced Ham

Eggs

Frying Pan

Non stick spray

Go to link to see full instructions and change serving size if needed.

Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography

Green Eggs and Ham Resources - I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!

#3: Fox in Socks - Here's an easy game to play, here's an easy thing to say.

It's a tongue-twister for sure!

Keep up with the good work, you'll get the hang of it.

Activities for Fox in Socks

All sort of foxy fun!

1. Play a rhyming game.

2. Make a sock puppet of a fox.

3. Fox in Socks tongue twister game.

4. Use a printable template for paper bag fox.

5. When you make a sock puppet, play hide and seek to find Fox in Socks.

#2: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? - Moo Moo Buzz Buzz Pop Pop Klopp

This book is so much fun to read. All the sounds that you and your child can make together can be quite a hoot! The way it all sounds together at the end is simply genius.

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Activities for Mr Brown, Can Moo Can You

Moo Activities for Mr. Brown and you

1. Make silly sounds and dream up characters to go with them.

2. Form a band of crazy sounds and have a marching band around the house, or town, whichever you choose.

3. Visit a zoo or farm.

4. Play the "quiet game" (every mom's favorite game) and listen to the sounds around you.

5. Take turns drawing on the same piece of paper to create a funny character.

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#1: In a People House - What can you find in a people house?

This is my first choice of book because my father read it to me just about every night when I was a child. It will forever be remembered in my heart.

(I couldn't find a board book for this one on Amazon)

Activities to Enjoy In a People House

Lots of people house fun!

1. A great way to teach children to read is to label the commonly used items in your house. Label them in a couple languages if you like!

2. Build a fort with a few household items, i.e. blankets, chairs, boxes, etc.

3. Play a game while doing housework. Children love to sing while doing this.

4. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house. Mix it up by telling them to find things that start with a certain letter.

5. Play knock-knock jokes and riddles to help them understand what some things do in your people house.

6. Make a fire-escape and safety plan in your home. Have fun while doing a mock run of it.

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    • Rosanna Grace profile image

      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      We love Dr Seuss for so many reasons! Your lens captures all of those. :)

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      YearningAndHarm 4 years ago

      I always liked the way Dr. Seuss draws things. It's a very distinct style all his own. Might I suggest ... use the way Dr. Seuss draws to start teaching your kids how to draw. It's really amazing how much my little nephew can already draw ... and he's only 4!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Nice addition of the activities to do with the Seuss books. Pinned and Blessed.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      That Darn cat

      where is he at

      where is he at

      under the mat

      or in the hat

      where is that darn cat at!??

      I love rhyming and Dr. Seuss!

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      TeachersLand 5 years ago

      I LOVE Dr. Suess! Thanks for the lens, well done.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Dr. Seuss is the best! Nice lens!

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      These are wonderful. Some of the best fun I ever had was listening to my friend who had trouble with words read the Fox in Socks to his little girl -- and she loved it.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      We love Dr. Seuss! I've read them so many times that I have at least 5 of them memorized. Liked.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Very nicely done. All children love Dr. Seuss

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This surely looks fun activity and also brain teasers.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Great resources and very nice lens.

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Big A, little a, what begins with A? Aunt Annie's alligator, a, a, a +

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh these are classics that will endure. And parents and children both find amusing. Your activities (jello esp.) I must try with my 6 year old. Green Eggs and Ham was the most worn out book in the house when I was growing up.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      I love him. That's what I grew up reading. Well till 5 I guess. Great lens Joni

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Dr. Seuss books are the best!

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      I love Dr. Seuss! thanks for the fun lens :)

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      sabinamiller 6 years ago

      Really good work done.... Nice lens..

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      Some of the books are so tongue twistery I almost can't read them! But they are fantastic

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      ove Dr. Sues

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Love your Dr. Seuss book picks - we have most of the books mentioned in this lens. Great job on putting this together!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I absolutely love Dr. Seuss - such brilliant work.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I love Dr. Seuss books as much in adulthood, probably even more, than I did in my childhood. Really appreciated how you provided extension activities. Congrats on achieving Tier 1 with this lens!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      What a fun and educational lens!

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      pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Quirky Momma has a blog with cheese crackers made with alphabet cookie cutters in a post. I found some cookie cutters on Amazon. It might be fun to incorporate this into your lens. http://quirkymomma.com/2010/alphabet-cheese-cracke...

      Thanks for liking and lensrolling one of my lenses today.

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      catluvrcook 6 years ago

      I love how you go one step further and add an activity the kids would love and that would help them learn.

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      Very bizarre books, but great,

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I can see a lot of fun with Seuss's books and the activities... great useful lens

      Regards

      Michey

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      marketmasterpro 6 years ago

      My favorite was given by my now grown son when he was a teenager. "Oh the places you will go!" He is quite the eccentric philosopher. My second favorite is "Mr. Brown can moo, can you?" Thanks for the page.

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      AinsleyKlar 6 years ago

      I love dr. seuss. I'm hoping you have the zizzer zazzer zuzz one on here.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      We are big Dr Seuss fans :)

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Wonderful resources fopr kids here. I need to bookmark for future reference the page probably...

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      troq22 6 years ago

      I really like the topic of this page :)

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      compugraphd 6 years ago

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      I think about my nieces and nephews, who are the light of my life.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I think this is a great lens. Blessed.

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      *blessed* by a passing Squid angel;)

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      BrandonJames926 6 years ago

      This is a cool read!

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      Stoney2009 6 years ago

      I'm as tired as a gooseberry...