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Favorite Dr. Seuss Picture Books and Books for Beginning Readers


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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Cover art of The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Random House


Dr. Seuss picture books and books such as The Cat in the Hat for beginning readers continue to be enormously popular. The rhymes, quirky characters, and life lessons make them particularly appealing. As Seuss proved, it is possible to create books for beginning readers that are both entertaining and have a controlled vocabulary and it is possible to create wonderful picture books when the author/illustrator has skill, imagination and wit. All of the children's books by Dr. Seuss make terrific read-alouds. Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat by are particular favorites of beginning readers. For more about the talented author and illustrator, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, see All About Dr. Seuss.

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat when challenged by his publisher to write a book that would both entertain beginning readers and have a controlled vocabulary. He succeeded way beyond expectations and his book has become a classic, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2007. The Cat in the Hat is a wonderful character, who is full of surprises. This book is one of the very first entertaining books for children just starting to read on their own. The Cat in the Hat has a controlled vocabulary of 236 words, making it an enduring favorite with beginning readers. Preschoolers also thoroughly enjoy the rhyming text, as well as the Cat in the Hat and his shenanigans. As usual, the illustrations are zany and fun. Compare prices. (Random House, 1957. ISBN: 039480001X)

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