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25 Dr. Seuss Books to Start Your Child's Collection

Updated on October 1, 2013

Books from my own personal collection.

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Dr. Seuss Day is March 2 also known as National Read Across America Day.

It's common for schools to honor Dr. Seuss Day by inviting guess readers in to classrooms. One way to help your child's school is by volunteering or loaning books from your own collection that the school may not have in their library.


What other writer's may not know about Dr. Seuss!

  • Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, pen name Dr. Seuss, worked as a writer, poet, cartoonist for major magazines such as Life and Vanity Fair, illustrator for advertising companies, and a political cartoonist for a New York City magazine.
  • In 1947, during World War II, Theodor Seuss Geisel worked in film animation for the United States Army, which film ultimately won an Academy Award.
  • Dr. Seuss would often spend up to 12 months on one book.
  • Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated over 40 books.
  • Dr. Seuss won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents.
  • In addition to all other accomplishments, Dr. Seuss won three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors.
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel passed away on September 24, 1991.

Why collect Dr. Seuss books?

The books listed here will give you a general idea of the types of books that are useful in starting a collection.

Children love Dr. Seuss books well beyond preschool years. The colorful illustrations, the rhyming words, and the imaginative stories are just a few of the reasons to collect Dr. Seuss books.

Rhyming helps children with word pattern recognition which in turn helps learning to read easier for children entering Kindergarten.

The books here are all from our private library that I started when my children were small. They are listed in alphabetical order.

While there are many more books such as my favorites, Put Me in the Zoo and The Best Nest, those books weren't authored by Dr. Seuss, but they are part of the Dr. Seuss I can Read Beginner Book series.


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1. Dr. Seuss's ABC

Dr. Seuss's ABC was written in 1963. It was offered by Random House, Inc., as part of the Beginner Book series.

This book is perfect for children learning the alphabet. It's an excellent rhyming book using the letters of the alphabet to tell a story.

It uses a lot of repetition such as using letters in a triple pattern. Children learn sequencing and patterns.

This book is great to use for other activities. After enjoying Dr. Seuss's ABC book, children can participate in craft time writing the first letter of their name or cutting out the first letter of their name from construction paper.


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2. And to Think that I saw it on Mulberry Street

Originally written in 1937, and renewed in 1964, this is the very first children's by Dr. Seuss and was rejected by 27 publishers at first.

Mulberry Street was a less than mile from the childhood home of Dr. Seuss, and it's location is in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This is a poetry book for young children, best read aloud.

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3. The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss published this much celebrated book in 1957 in response to a concern that illiteracy was growing among children.

The Cat in the Hat is first in the series of Beginning Books by Random House.

A rhyming book for children about a cat who comes to play on a rainy day.

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4. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Originally written in 1958 as a sequel to The Cat in the Hat. This book is another example of an early reading book by Dr. Seuss. This time the Cat in the Hat comes around when there is snow on the ground.


Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida

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5. The Eye Book

On the cover of this book, you will note that Dr. Seuss wrote the book as Theo. LeSieg.

This is explained in the introduction of the book. Books illustrated by others were by Theo. LeSieg which is Dr. Seuss's real name, Geisel, spelled backwards.

The Eye Book was written in 1968. An introductory book to the world of seeing and reading using two cartoons for the characters of the book. A blue eyed boy and a pink eyed rabbit entice children to rhyme and read.

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6. The Foot Book

The Foot Book was written in 1968. We also have the baby board book edition of The Foot Book. It's a wonderful book to introduce to babies and young toddlers when they are starting to walk.

It's a book about opposites.

Together with Dr. Seuss, Grolier Marketing featured books in The Beginning Readers Program.

The Foot Book was one of the earliest books in the program and was sent as the first book as a freebie.

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7. Fox in Socks

Written in 1965, Fox in Socks was a book of tongue twisters.

On the front of the book is an inscription which reads, "This is a book you real aloud to find out just how smart your tongue is. The first time you read it, don't go fast! This Fox is a tricky fox. He'll try to get your tongue in trouble."

Excerpt from Fox in Socks.

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Bright and Early Books were an offspring of the Beginner Books series.

8. Great Day for Up

First published in 1974, Dr. Seuss used the drawings of Quentin Blake who taught illustration at the Royal College of Art in England. This was Quentin Blake's first Bright and Early Book from the Dr. Seuss series.

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Recipe for Green Eggs and Ham

Ingredients:

Ham steaks or leftover baked ham

Eggs

Green food coloring or homemade spinach coloring (water leftover from boiled spinach will color food naturally as well)

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to make:

Fry up the ham steaks or leftover baked ham. Add a few drops of green food coloring while frying.

For scrambled eggs, mix food coloring in a bowl with eggs and scramble in a pan.

For sunny side up fried eggs, crack eggs in a pan greased with butter and add a few drops of green food coloring to the top of theyolk.

Extra:

Make pancakes with green food coloring.

Green Eggs and Ham was chosen as one of the top 100 picture books of all times!

9. Green Eggs and Ham

First published in 1960, this classic book written by Dr. Seuss was named one of the top selling children's books of all times.

This book was written with just 50 words!

  1. a
  2. am
  3. and
  4. anywhere
  5. are
  6. be
  7. boat
  8. box
  9. car
  10. could
  11. dark
  12. do
  13. eat
  14. eggs
  15. fox
  16. goat
  17. good
  18. green
  19. ham
  20. here
  21. house
  22. I
  23. if
  24. in
  25. let
  26. like
  27. may
  28. me
  29. mouse
  30. not
  31. on
  32. or
  33. rain
  34. Sam
  35. say
  36. see
  37. so
  38. thank
  39. that
  40. the
  41. them
  42. there
  43. they
  44. train
  45. tree
  46. try
  47. will
  48. with
  49. would
  50. you

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10. Hop on Pop

First published in 1963. The inscription on the front reads, "The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use."

It's an introduction to basic phonics and includes several short poems.

Former First Lady Laura Bush of the United States, listed it as her favorite book in the Wall Street Journal in 2006.



11. Horton Hatches the Egg

The original book was published in 1940.

We have the Kohls Cares for Kids version which is a hardcover book with a jacket cover from the Dr. Seuss Collector's Edition.

Horton was created by Dr. Seuss after taking a walk one day. Upon returning to his studio, a window had been left open and the wind blew one sketch on transparent paper on top of another, making it look like an elephant was sitting in a tree.

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Other facts about Dr. Seuss Books
1. Dr. Seuss books come in hardcover, softcover, board books, and other interactive books.
2. The copyright date is the original date the book was published.
3. Dr. Seuss wrote a collection of Beginner Books as well as Bright and Early Books.

12. Horton Hears a Who!

This book was originally published in 1954.

Dr. Seuss changed his views on life dramatically after World War II. He used this book to share the story of the American post-war occupation of the country of Japan.

In 1970, Horton Hears a Who! was a one-half hour television special.

In 2008, it was turned into a movie.

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13. I am Not Going to Get up Today!

This book was first published in 1987.

The book is about a boy so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of bed. Neither peas and beans nor the United States Marines.


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14. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

This book was first published in 1978.

Dr. Seuss created Beginning books for children so they could read them all by themselves. Using The Cat in the Hat in a lot of his illustrations as a recognized character for young children.

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15. If I Ran the Zoo

This book was published in 1950.

The original material published in this book first appeared in Redbook Magazine.

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16. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

First published in 1970, this book was called Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises.

This was part of the Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners reading program.






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17. Oh Say Can You Say?

"Oh my brothers! Oh my sisters! These are Terrible Tongue Twisters!"

First published in 1979.

A collection of word entanglements, hilarity and fun. A vocabulary-building book.







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18. Oh, the Places You'll Go!

This book was published in 1990.

Rhyming advice for proceeding in life. Weathering fear, loneliness, and confusion. Being in charge of your actions.

This book was written for all ages. Wise and brief graduation speech. Dr. Seuss pictures the gret balancing act (life itself) with the ups and downs it presents while encouraging us to find the success that lies within oneself.

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19. Oh, the Thinks you can Think!

Originally published in 1975.

The sentences in this book are short and easy to read. Words in it are recognizable to young readers.







20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

First published in 1960. This book is a simple rhyming book for young readers.

Millions of copies of this book have been sold.

There is a ride named after this book at the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.


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Other Books by Dr. Seuss
 
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
I can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories
The King's Stilts
I Can Draw It Myself
McElligot's Pool
The Lorax
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Scrambled Eggs Super!
Hunches in Bunches
On Beyond Zebra!
The Butter Battle Book
If I Ran the Circus
You're Only Old Once!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Marvin K. Mooney Will you Please go Now!
Happy Birthday to You!
The Shape of Me and Other STuff
The Sneetches and Other Stories
The Cat's Quizzer
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
I Wish that I had Duck Feet!
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
Come over to My House!
The Cat in the Hat Songbook
 
Do you know of others that aren't on this list? Please feel free to leave a comment below!
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21. There's a Wocket in my Pocket!

First published in 1974, the original story was about a little boy talking about strange creatures living in his house.

A 1996 publication was edited to remove some of the more frightening creatures including a vug under the rug and a Red under the bed!

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22. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

Published in 1948.

A moose with a big heart is taken advantage of by other animals.

The story explores hospitality and sharing.

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23. Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet!

This book was written for toddlers. It's a book of pettable pets. An interactive book from the first Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection. Adopted from the tale of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.



24. Would You Rather be a Bullfrog?

First published in 1975.

This book poses a lot of questions to young readers such as, "Would you rather be a mermaid with a tail instead of feet?"





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25. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Originally published in 1950, we found this version from Kohls Cares for Kids.

The book is about a turtle with an overactive ego. A bird lets envy get the best of her. A bear and a rabbit get caught up in out doing one another. This book includes modern fables.

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Dr. Seuss books last for generations to come!

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To purchase Dr. Seuss books:

Dr. Seuss books are long-time family favorites. We started collecting Dr. Seuss books from yard sales, thrift stores, Amazon and eBay. Other department stores such as Target and Walmart also carry the beloved author's books.




The last book ever written by Dr. Seuss.

Daisy-Head Mayzie was the last children's book ever written by Dr. Seuss. He did not illustrate it. It wasn't published until after he passed away. The publishing date was 1995.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi RTalloni! Yes, Dr. Seuss are still our favorites. They are so creative.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      I still find these books inspiring and I always want to write something new when I read one! :)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you for commenting Marie! I didn't know about Dr. Seuss Landing either. It does sound like a lot of fun.

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      I really enjoyed this hub! Dr. Seuss books are so wonderful! I did not know that there was a Seuss landing in Orlando, Florida. It seems like it would be such a fun place to go to.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Oh Alicia, thank you so much for stopping by! My favorites are Put me in the Zoo and the Best Nest, which coincidentally were not authored by Dr. Seuss but are part of the Dr. Seuss reading books.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely collection of facts about Dr. Seuss and his books! Thanks for sharing all the great details and the photos. I never read Dr. Seuss books as a child, but I'm enjoying discovering them as an adult. Your hub is an excellent reference for me.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your enlightening comments Joe! I absolutely loved the Horton movie that came out. I had previously purchased the original vintage Horton book on eBay for our collection. There are always moms asking at library books sales where to find used Dr. Seuss books. I always tell them to look on eBay! :D

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I gotta tell ya, Brandi...this one did two things for me. First of all, it took me back to my grade school days. Reading Dr. Seuss was so much more fun than slogging through Dick, Jane, and Sally. Secondly, I filed a mental "stickie" to remember to pick up Dr. Seuss books in my buying trips to thrift stores and yard sales. As popular as they are, putting several together into lots or sets will have them flying off the shelves. Oh, one more thing...I had completely forgotten that Dr. Seuss was the author of Horton the Elephant. The idea of an elephant faithfully attending to a nest has intrigued many a young person's imagination! It did mine, and I've never been the same! (For better or for worse! LOL!) Aloha, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Wetnose! It's always great to see you. I was surprised to learn that Put Me in the Zoo was not authored by Dr. Seuss. That's my favorite.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Great review on a superb kids' author.

      You put a lot of hard work into this.

      I didn't realize there were so many books.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi uNicQue! Nice to see you today. Dr. Seuss books are fond memories for so many people. Thank you for commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi DreamerMeg! We have a lot more Dr. Seuss books, but what I didn't realize was that he only authored about 46 or so. He didn't actually author all of the ones we have including my favorites. So that part was very interesting to research.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Ben! Nice to see you today and thank you very much for your thoughtful comments!

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      Nicole Quaste 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      My parents collected so many Dr. Seuss books for me, and I loved every single one of them growing up (and still do). I can't wait to share them with my kids. This is a great list! :)

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great info. I hadn't realised that Dr Seuss wrote just quite so many books. My eldest granddaughter has a number of them on her computer tablet and enjoys listening to them in bed.

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      Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

      Hi CraftytotheCore. I read Would You Rather be a Bullfrog? I love the rhetorical questions he uses in the book. I think Dr. Seuss is a great writer and would recommend the collection to every parent or teacher. Impressive work. This must have taken a fortune of your time, but it is worth it. It will help lots of people out there. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Enjoy your day.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Brave! I remember the Dr. Seuss club when I was a child from seeing ads for it in magazines. I also remember books that people could buy with their child's name printed instead of other characters in a book. I think I had one of those. One of my most fondest memories was going over to visit my aunt. She had a Dr. Seuss collection. My favorite book was Put me in the Zoo. I wanted to own that book in the worst way. Now my children have two copies of their own and it's still my favorite.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Crafty, as I said before, my son was enrolled in the Dr. Seuss book club while I was pregnant with him. I just love Dr. Seuss. His books are so fun to read. I'd get very animated when I read to my son. It makes learning fun and encourages children to read on their own while adding inflections when reading aloud. Great hub! You've brought back some wonderful memories.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi DDE! Thank you for your comments. Through writing this, I learned so much about Dr. Seuss I had never known before. It was amazing to find out more about the writer behind these wonderful books.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Rebeccamealey! Thank you for commenting and for your wonderful comments!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Aw, Abby, what a sweet memory! Children love the rhyming and the nonsensical twists. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Kidscrafts! Oh, that's very interesting that you lived in Europe and Africa! During my research, I found out that most of the Dr. Seuss books were traditionally marketed to America. But as time went on, they were also published in Canada too. Thank you so much for commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you EP! Dr. Seuss does that to a person...brings us back.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      FatFreddysCat, thank you so much for commenting! I meant to get back here yesterday and my own children needed help with homework. I just love Dr. Seuss too!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      25 Dr. Seuss Books to Start Your Child's Collection great selection here and so well researched. Books should be a child's best choice and you made such helpful suggestions

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      No one does it for kiddie lit like Dr. Seuss. What a great hub to share with examples of his work. Very awesome!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Craftytothecore

      What I like about Dr. Seuss the most is that the books graduate into more complex stories so they are not 'just for little kids.'

      I taught school for ages and Dr. Seuss was always a book the children would choose and would ask me to read and reread.

      Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way Voted up and shared. ps

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This so took me down Memory Lane, Crafty! I loved reading Dr. Seuss with my children. It also helped teach them to read. One of my favorite sayings when they were little was, "Do you like my hat?" They would always answer, "Yes, I like your hat!" Then we would giggle together.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub! For me, I discovered the books of Dr. Seuss not so long ago! My first language is French and I lived in Europe and Africa as a kid but I don't remember if those books existed in French at that time!

      I love the world of Dr. Seuss. There is plenty in those books to stimulate the imagination!

      Thank you for sharing!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What a fantastic hub, Crafty. Felt kinda like a kid again while I was reading and looking at the pics. :)

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      With two young kids I am well versed in Dr. Seuss, I believe I've read just about every book on your list to one or both of my sons over the years. My personal favorite Seuss story is "Yertle the Turtle," which I've loved since I was a kid. My sons love "The Lorax."

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you for your wonderful comments MysticMoonlight!

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      MysticMoonlight 4 years ago

      Awesome Hub, Crafty! My family loves Dr. Seuss books and have many you've mentioned here. They are sure to bring smiles and giggles and are always a go-to favorite in our home. Wonderful information. Well done!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Flourish! I know what you mean. My daughter has just about parted with most of her books except the Dr. Seuss collection. I also had a Winnie the Pooh collection and Disney Princess which she has outgrown. She is into chapter books now.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful hub with great information on my favorite children's author. My favorite Seuss book is Fox in Sox. Even though my daughter has outgrown Seuss, he is timeless and I won't give those books away. Awesome hub! Sharing, voting.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy! It took me a few days to write it, but I learned a lot of information about Dr. Seuss that I didn't know before. :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the kind of hub that does very well on HP. Give it about six months to circulate on the internet and you will see good results with this one...and as an added bonus, you did a very good job of writing it. Well done, Brandi!