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Dr. Suess Books That Beat Peanut Butter On Pancakes

I guess I’ve set myself up with some big expectations to meet.
I mean making a list of Dr. Suess books that beat peanut butter on pancakes isn’t a small feat!

Ok.  Reading all this stuff about Dr. Suess has made me write in rhyme.  Let’s get to it.  I can’t wait to introduce you to some great books or (if you’re already a Dr. Suess fan) tell you why I love these books so much!

Who is Dr. Suess?

Not wanting to reinvent the wheel…Wikipedia has a great page for Dr. Suess so here is what they have to say about Dr. Suess:

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.  His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. [Wikipedia]

While I know these books were on the shelves when I was little, truthfully I don’t remember reading them.  Now that I have kids they have become a big part of story time at our house.  With the addition of the movie versions of these, Dr. Suess is now a household term that even Hubby recognizes without explanation!

Once you know some of these titles you’ll find yourself seeing them all over the place and not just in the children’s book section of the library or bookstore.  Dr. Suess references are everywhere!

Did you know that Dr. Suess only uses about 150 words in his stories?

Of course he makes up some rhyming words to move the story along.  A Zong is not a word.  Believe me.  I looked. Most of the vocabulary at this level of reading is kindergarten or early elementary school year.  These books are perfect for non-readers to memorize as they are read to them or for new readers to perfect their reading.

As a kindergartener, Bootsie was in the top reading group at school, but really I feel like she was the top of the middle readers and was pushed to be with the high readers.  It was a good push for her to read, but I think it gave her a bit of a complex when she started really having to read to her teacher in class.  In first grade, with a new teacher we’ve seen that she’s still a pretty good reader, but the top readers in her class are already reading chapter books and she’s not there yet.  She was struggling with her school assignments and I could see her love of reading fading away.

Finally, I told her to read Green Eggs and Ham a few times because she already knew the story and guess what?  After that she wasn’t struggling with her school reading simply because she’d had a positive reading experience with the Dr. Suess vocabulary.

Here are a few more books that are better than peanut butter on pancakes:

Oh The Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! has recently made it’s return to the forefront of the Dr. Suess reading lists.  This change in rank came about due to a story of one dad’s high school graduation gift to his kid.  The book itself is great, but if you get your children’s teachers to sign a page throughout their school career it makes for a perfect graduation gift. I’ve thought of trying this tradition out, but it seems like a lot of pressure to put on teachers!  Writing something memorable about your kid at the end of the year is a lot to ask for especially when kindergarten classes range in the 30s and some classes are bigger!

Even if you only have a few years left with your kid living at home, start this tradition in high school!  This would be great for coaches to sign or music teachers to add to, if your student is involved in things like that.

Oh The Thinks You Can Think!

The great thing about Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! is the connections kids can make to things that they can see around them and then are encouraged to use their imaginations to think up crazy animals and places and travel.  If Dr. Suess were to write a textbook on how to encourage imagination, this would be it.

This is a great book on it’s own but it’s no wonder that it’s also has become part of the musical Suessical The Musical:

The Lorax

For a time when my kids were young this was THE cartoon movie of the moment.  There was a rough cartoon version made when I was little, but the updated version is definitely an upgrade on the original.  I think at one point I knew all the lyrics to the songs and most of the lines of the movie.

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) is a great book to teach kids about how to take care of the environment.  In the updated version most of the world that the main character lives in is plastic and he wants to get a tree for the girl of his dreams.  His simply selfish want turns into a major change in the world around him.  I think this is a perfect example for kids to follow.  Not only that the world is a precious place and we should live in it carefully, but also that one child’s voice is important.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham is such a great book for putting kids through their reading paces without making it seem like work.  The places where green eggs and ham are eaten or are rather not eaten grow as the book moves along and kids seem to

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) has to be part of your holiday reading collection, but also is one for the rest of the year too. There are many versions of the movie, but the classic book is something to really dive into.  Despite the great dramatics of the earlier versions or the star-studded cast of the latest creation, the message of How The Grinch Stole Christmas is simple:  Christmas, at the end of the day, after he’s stolen everything from their houses, means more than the presents under the tree or the decorations.

This is definitely something I want to pass onto my kids and Dr. Suess has a memorable way for your kids to learn the lesson.

 


What’s your favorite Dr. Suess project?  Comment below.  I’d love to add more to my list!


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21 Comments

  1. What a great list of books! I love Dr. Suess, who doesn’t!!

    • My 1st grader is right in the middle of loving these books and I love sharing them with other people. Hope you can pass on this list to someone else and share the love!

  2. We just love Dr. Seuss; I’m not sure I could even pick my favorite stories though i do know the first 8 or so pages of Green Eggs and Ham by heart!
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    • It’s hard isn’t it?

      It’s funny how I can’t remember my grocery list, but I can remember kids books. It’s not Dr. Suess but have you read the Going to Bed Book? It’s one of those cardboard pages books. I know the whole thing by heart!

  3. Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite because after we re ead it in Kindergarten my teacher cooked us all green eggs and green ham. It was awesome!

    • I love that one! It’s great that you remember your kindergarten teacher. I work in a Kinder class right now and I always wonder what the kids will remember. I remember VERY FEW things about my kindergarten teacher.

  4. LOVE Dr. Suess!!! I thought I knew them all, but you gave me one to get… Oh the Thinks you can Think, I hadn’t seen this one yet and will have to get 🙂 #fandayfriday

  5. Oh the places you’ll go is one of those books that I gift to everyone adults and children a like. The message is lovely!!

    Sophie x
    http://www.sophobsessed.com

    • I love how a lot of his books try to get kids to not only use their imaginations, but encourages them to be curious and learn without yelling at them about getting an education and going to college. Every time I turn around I find a new positive message in one of his books.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. I haven’t read these books in a long time but they were my favorite! I loved the green eggs and ham book!

    • It’s so funny. I like reading them with my kids, but some of them are so long I get annoyed with them if we try to read them too often. Luckily my daughter Bootsie likes to read them. She’s struggling a bit with reading and I want to make sure that I have some confidence booster reading books around for her.

      Thanks for the comment!

  7. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever read a Dr. Seuss book, but then again, I grew up in Slovenia and maybe I just know the Slovenian versions of the titles, haha.

    • I’m sure there are some books by Slovenian authors that we’ve never heard about. Hmmm… that makes me wonder how many languages Dr. Suess has been translated to. Most of them are rhyming stories so I wonder if it would even translate!

  8. Now who doesn’t love Dr Seuss!! Such great books to read and just stay with you for a long time.

  9. I can’t wait to read Dr. Seus to my daughter when she gets a little older!

  10. I’ve never actually read Dr Seuss! Can you believe it? It’s not that popular in Czech Republic where I grew up, I think it might go down to the translation because it would be halla difficult to translate the 150 rhyming words and the made up ones into a different language without absolutely slaughtering it x

    • I was thinking about that earlier. Because they are based so much on rhyming words it doesn’t work that well to translate. I guess the movies probably made it over there? Horton Hears a Who, Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Lorax?

      Were there any classic children’s books there though that everyone had read to them when they were little?

  11. Great list of books! Thank you for sharing it with us! #FuntasticFriday

  12. We are huge Suess fans here… I’m not even sure I could pick just one favorite book.
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