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My Dr. Seuss Top 10

Updated on February 8, 2013

Seuss Books Bring A Smile When I'm Done; For Me, He'll Always Be Number One!

Sure great children's, books are added to quality books every year, but no other author has consistantly stayed at the top, encouraging kids to read and have fun doing it, with a sneaky bit of learning thrown in, and parents can enjoy (and even learn from) as well.

I was lucky to have grown up in his heyday. Even when I was an adult, he was still writing books. From someone who was told he couldn't draw, came some of the most memorable imaginative books. Wouldn't it have been interesting eavesdropping on him in his office or car as he was playing with word combinations and fitting them into his rhythm?

No one since Seuss has been ... Seuss-like. No children's writer has filled his niche. His life and books were a wonderful thing. I see that some of the most influential, "magical" (for lack of a better word) have not been famous politicians or leaders, but simply creative people like Dr. Seuss.

I have noticed over the years that, while many of the children's early reading books are easily available in bookstores (which I listed under, "Consistant Best Sellers), some of the older classics have become hard to find. It would be a shame for kids to lose the chance to read these books.

My "Top Ten" List consists of what I feel are the absolute best, based on their "unforgetable" quality, their moral, and how fun it reads.

Photo: 1957- Theodor Seuss Geisel sketching out ideas to illustrate his book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". - WikiCommons. All other pictures are with permission from AllPosters.

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My Personal Top 10 - (In No Particular Order - It Was Hard Enough Choosing Only 10!)

For me, these books have passed the test of time - the childhood books you remember fondly the rest of your life. The books you want to buy for your own child so you can once more have a reason to read aloud these fun verses. Further down this lens, I included what booksellers list as the official "Top Ten" Dr. Seuss books based on their sales. Bah! My "Top Ten" list includes his best story-telling books - the books that may have slipped through the cracks over the years, but should be dusted off from their boxes in Grandma's attic.

I hope you enjoy reading over these as much as I enjoyed making it.

Oh, The Places You'll Go! - The Undisputed Winner for Adults

When I made my Top 10 List, I was keeping in mind Dr. Seuss' most engaging children's books. Just because we've grown up, doesn't mean we no longer find meaning in or stop liking Dr. Seuss books.

Hands down, the winner was "Oh, The Places You'll Go!", probably because by this time in our lives most of us have traveled up, up, up and down, down, dowwnnnn some of those roads and twisted paths, and can relate to some of life's truths better than someone just starting out.

"I'm afraid that some times

you'll play lonely games too.

Games you can't win

'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not,

Alone will be something

you'll be quite a lot."


"So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life's

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)"

Thanks for all your feedback!

Beginner Books

Somewhere in our childhood, you probably discovered the weird and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Whether it was read to you, or from the school or public library, or on TV, Dr. Seuss has prpbably been a familiar figure during your lifetime.

Most of us read to our kids long before they are able to read for themselves, and these might be a few of the beginner books you picked. When your child is just learning to read, "Hop on Pop" or "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" are great choices for simple word recognition. But these books are still as much fun for the parent to read, even when your child is starting to read for themselves.

  • "Green Eggs and Ham",

  • "The Cat in the Hat"

  • "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?"

  • "Oh the Thinks You Can Think!"

  • "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut"

Firing Up the Imagination

These books are still for beginners, guaranteed to tickle the imagination of young and old alike.

  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

  • McElligot's Pool

  • On Beyond Zebra!

  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket

  • I Wish That I Had Duck Feet

  • If I Ran the Zoo

  • If I Ran the Circus

  • Scrambled Eggs Super

Classic Seuss

Lessons For Kids And Grown-Ups

Generations have grown up with these classics from the Master himself, Dr. Seuss. Still fun to read even as adults - outloud to kids or *ahem* just browsing through the pages - there are solid lessons snuck in every captivating story.

  • Horton Hatches the Egg

  • Horton Hears A Who!

  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

  • The Lorax

  • The King's Stilts

  • The Sneetches and Other Stories

  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck

  • Oh, The Places You'll Go!

  • The Sneetches and Other Stories

  • Daisy-Head Mayzie

  • The Butter Battle Book

Consistant Best Sellers

After checking over four of the top bookselling lists around the United States, I found the following were either in all four or three out of four of the lists.

  • Dr. Seuss's A B C's

  • The Cat in the Hat

  • Green Eggs and Ham

  • Oh the Places You'll Go!

  • Hop on Pop

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

  • Cat in the Hat Comes Back

  • Horton Hears a Who

  • The Sneetch's and Other Stories

  • Fox in Sox

  • Book About Me

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In Memory of a Truly Special Man Who Made Us Smile

March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991

What was YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss book?

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I loved all of them, but especially his "Sleep" book...the illustrations captivated me.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Green Eggs and Ham, but there were so many good ones!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      The Lorax

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      Mine is Green Eggs and Ham. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very good information, I like it, thank you for sharing. :)

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      sailor_man 5 years ago

      super info

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      Tennyhawk 5 years ago

      Bartholomew and the Ooblek! I just love all the gooey pictures.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Dr. Seuss is not very known in my country. I have heard so many great things about his books now, I have to check if any of his books are available in libraries... Thanks for the list!

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      RationalHedonist 5 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: That's another thing I love about his books, as much fun for the parents as for the kids - which encourages reading or being read to.

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      RationalHedonist 5 years ago

      @Margot_C: I don't have How the Grinch Stole Christmas down, but I can recite from memory, Mr. Brown Can Moo and Green Eggs and Ham.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      To think he was rejected by 27 publishers and we worry about not being squidliked or I do at least. I loved them all but favorite would be : âYou're off to Great Places!

      Today is your day!

      Your mountain is waiting,

      So... get on your way!â

      â Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      Green Eggs and Ham. It was the first one I read. My mother was giving me a perm, and I was bored silly. I started to read this book out loud, and we both cracked up laughing and couldn't stop.

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      Margot_C 5 years ago

      I love Dr. Seuss! I read the books and watched the cartoons. I've watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that I can practically quote the whole thing.

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I love Oh The Places You'll Go an Horton Hears a Who.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I couldn't tell. Enjoy all of them, best read aloud books ever.

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      RationalHedonist 5 years ago

      @StrongMay: That was good old Yertle the Turtle. :)

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      RationalHedonist 5 years ago

      @dlobel: I know, me too! Or I rediscover one that means something different or I see something different than when I was a kid.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      That qoute at the end of this lens - "you're on your own. And you know what you know..." I used that in my high-school graduation speech!

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      And of course, Cat in the hat! How could I forget?

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      Oh, the places you'll go, fox in socks, green eggs and ham, and oh, I forget it's name, but the storyline went along that of a turtle who wanted control of a pond (and other stories in the same book).

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      Debra Lobel 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      It's impossible to say which is my favorite. Each one I read, and then to my kids, and now to my granddaughter, become my favorite at that time.

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      Tricia Meyer 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Oh the Places You'll Go!