Children's books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss and picture books by Dr. Seuss have delighted several generations of children, as well as their parents. As Dr. Seuss proved, it is possible to create beginning readers that are both entertaining and have a controlled vocabulary and to create wonderful picture books when the author/illustrator has skill, imagination and wit. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book and why do you like it? Share your favorite.
There's a Wocket in My Pocket
- I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid, but when I had my first DD this book came and I had never read it before. I read it and laughed for hours. Then I read it to the baby - who could care less - but I ended up reading it to her so much she could probably recite it to you. LOVE that book!
- —Guest Libby
Depends on the Day...
- Usually, my favorites are I Can Read with My Eyes Shut or Oh the Things You Can Think. I like any Dr. Seuss book with a message, so it depends on what I need to hear that day!
Are you my Mother?
- One of my all time favorite Dr. Seuss Books is Are You My Mother? I was read this as a little girl and I have read it to my little girls at least 500 times.
- —Guest NikLem
Horton Hears a Who
- Maybe as a child I just really liked elephants. Maybe it was the book's message: "even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small." Or maybe it was just that the Whos are so darn cute. But this is the Dr. Suess book that's stuck with me most over the years and the first one I thought of when I read the question.
Green Eggs & Ham, Horton Hatches the Egg
- For primary readers, GE&H. I had a little stepbrother whose name WAS Sam. I read it to him a zillion time! From the picture book collection, I have a soft spot for Horton diligently hatching out that Lazy Bird Mayzie Bird's egg.
To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Stree
- We love so many Dr. Seuss books, it's too hard to pick one fav. But, ever since my middle daughter went to preschool, this one has a special place in my heart. When I would ask her what she did at preschool that day, she would come up with the wildest answers that were too impossible to be true, but she said it as if that was exactly the way it all went down. It was hard to tell, sometimes, where the truth ended and her imagination began.
Although I knew imagination is a good thing, I can't pretend it didn't concern me a little. Sometimes it seemed like even she didn't know which parts of her stories were real and which parts were just plain crazy -- fun, but crazy.
Soon, she grew out of the phase, and now I am so glad she has such an incredible mind and vivid imagination. "To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" reminds me of her, and I love to read it with her. The book profoundly symbolizes exactly what it is to be a free thinking child.
- —Guest CJmom
So Hard to Choose!
- But I'll have to say Green Eggs and Ham because I have a little Sam I Am in my house. Poor kid just likes what she likes and doesn't appreciate a mom who's always springing funky colored food on her telling it will taste better if she eats it with a fox in a box.
- —Guest LAMB
The Cat in the Hat
- This is one of the first "long" books I read to my infant. At just a few months old, he would sit, rapt, as I read the entire book to him. It's an amazing book, and he was an amazing baby.
- —Guest SaKat
If I Ran the Circus
- My kids love this one. The twisty verses, the made-up words, when they were younger it was all they wanted to hear. We like "If I Ran the Zoo," too, but not as much as "the Circus McGurkus!"
- —Guest Amanda
The Cat in the Hat
- I love almost every Dr. Seuss book, but this one especially is just so much fun to read aloud. A close second would be Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now? We love to voice the narrator's increasing agitation as he tries to get rid of Marvin K. Mooney.
- —Guest elena
Favorite Dr. Seuss Book
- My husband is invited to read at schools each year for Read Across America. A few years ago, a teacher gave him "Oh, Say Can You Say?" to read to the class. He could get barely get through it because of the tongue twisters. The kids loved it!
We just had to get it. Now we read it to our boys, and we still can't get through it without laughing.
Oldies But Goodies
- The first Dr. Seuss books that I can remember reading are The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street . I checked these out from the public library when I was a kid, when Dr. Seuss had written only a dozen or so books. I still have a soft spot in my heart for those two. When it comes to reading to my grandchildren, though, I never get tired of The Cat in the Hat. It's just about the right length, and it is so much fun to read!
- —Guest Siouxsie
The Sleep Book
- I loved reading The Sleep Book when I was a kid. It always seemed to work for me, too!
- —Guest JRenee
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- This was one of the first books that my son would read along with me. He started to remember the words and I was just overjoyed when I could pause and he would "fill in the blank" for me and even point to the right words, count or point out colors. Seuss books are excellent tools for literacy and more.
- —Guest Stephanie
- I have always loved Dr. Seuss books. I've recently written a book in "Suess-like" fashion about a young country vet who's special stethoscope helps him hear the ills of his animal patients.
- —Guest S T Nicol
The Things You Can Think
- My husband brought this home for our daughter. Because it had a pink cover, it became her favorite. I didn't love it at first, but it's really grown on me. I love the "use your imagination" message and, like all Seuss books, the rhymes get stuck in your head.
- —Guest Maureen