Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel

Quick Facts

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904.
  • In college Theodor was a writer and became the editor of his school's newspaper.
  • He later got in trouble and was kicked off the newspaper team. He loved writing so much he started secretly using the name Dr. Seuss so he could still submit his writings.
  • He married his longtime girlfriend Helen Palmer in 1927.
  • He supported his family through the Great Depression by making ads.
  • In 1936 Seuss and his wife Helen went on a cruise to Europe.
  • The rhythm of the ship rocking made Seuss create his first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
  • The book was rejected by over 20 publishers. He had given up and was going to burn the book when an old friend from college said he would publish it.
  • During World War II, Seuss was very political. He made many political ads, cartoons, and even military training videos.
  • He put his best cartoons denouncing the war into a book called Dr. Seuss Goes to War.
  • After the war Seuss started writing children's books again.
  • A magazine wrote the literacy rate was falling because books were too boring.
  • Seuss took it as a challenge. He made the Cat in the Hat with easy to read words. Reading rates started to rise!
  • Seuss never had any children of his own. He said he was happy to entertain other children of the world.
  • He passed away from cancer in December of 1995.
  • Even after his passing Seuss has won countless literary awards and is still loved by children everywhere.

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