Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (and a Cat in the Hat-a-Thon)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

This Friday, March 2nd, would be the 108th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved Dr. Seuss.   Born in Massachusetts  in 1904, Dr. Suess wrote 44 books that have been translated into more than 15 languages world-wide.

Those books have inspired cartoons, tv shows, movies, and plays.  Many of them are favorites at our house and I bet that some are favorites at your house, too.

We are looking forward to celebrating this special birthday with some Seuss inspired fun!

A Family Favorite

We’re all Dr. Suess fans at our house.  In fact, a quick family poll shows we each have our favorites:

  • Daddy “watching The Grinch every year at Christmas and reading the book to the kids, doing my best Boris Karloff impression”
  • Mommy “I love the book Green Eggs and Ham.  One of my favorite childhood memories is my Mom making us all green eggs and ham for breakfast.”
  • Jillian, age 10 “I like to watch the Cat in the Hat tv show and also the Cat in the Hat cartoon movie.  Those Things remind me of my brother and little sister.  I’m excited for the Lorax to be made into a movie.  That is a good story, too.”
  • Max, age 5I like the cartoon Grinch because because they have a cute Lucy (Cindy) Lou Who like my sister, Lucy.  And a dog Max, like me and a grumpy Grinch.”
  • Lucy, age 3 “I just like Green Eggs and Ham and reading it.  Not eating it. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”

I’m sure that baby Mia will grow up and love Dr. Suess, too.  For now, she happily enjoys teething on our Mr. Brown Can Moo board book.

I’d love to make my own kids green eggs and ham.  And, seeing the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is also on my  “bucket list”  – wouldn’t that make a fun family road trip? 

What a wonderful man, to have inspired so many with his whimsy, artistic skills, and storytelling.

PBS Kids The Cat in the Hat-a-thon

PBS Kids will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a multimedia The Cat in the Hat-a-thon.  PBS stations all over will be featuring a two hour marathon of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That (check your local listings).  There will also be games and video content online for kids as well as on mobile.

Our family got to preview The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, including two brand new episodes that will be featured tomorrow.  From age three to age ten, and mommy and daddy, too, we enjoyed ourselves.  We’re looking forward to having our weekly Friday Night Nest family movie/game time a little earlier during the day and tuning in to the marathon tomorrow on our local PBS station.

Head over to the PBS Kids Cat in the Hat webpage for coloring pages, video clips, and more Seuss-ian fun!

How will you be celebrating?

Happy Birthday, Theodor Seuss Geisel!  Thank you for your wonderful vision and imagination!

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

The kids and I will be tuning in to the PBS Kids The Cat in the Hat-a-Thon marathon, reading our favorite Dr. Seuss books, and having a tea party (perhaps I can coax Lucy into some green eggs and ham?) with our stuffed Max Dog, Grinch, and Yertle the Turtle.  We can’t wait!

If you’re looking for some more idea for celebrating Dr. Seuss, may I suggest?

Don’t forget to check out your local library to see what fun they will be up to celebrating Dr. Seuss!

Will you be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday tomorrow with your kids? I’d love it if you’d leave me a note in the comments and let me know what you’ll be up to!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I have always loved Dr Suess! One of my faves is Oh the Places You’ll Go. I love to give this as a graduation gift.
    Excited to see the Lorax this weekend!
    One way I am celebrating is by sharing my favorite Suessisms on my FB page!
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  2. Thanks for the link, Kara! Dr. Seuss’ birthday is one of my favorite “holidays”!
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  3. We might have some green eggs and ham for breakfast tomorrow and we will be going to see The Lorax movie tomorrow or this weekend. There’s never a dull moment when you open a Dr. Seuss book!! Feel free to stop in a check out the costumes I made for both of my boys when they celebrated at school for “Dr. Seuss Week”. We made “The Lorax” and also “Thing 1 AND Thing 2”. Thanks for the post with all these links! I’ve enjoyed reading Rockin’ Granola, too! ~Kelly



  4. My daughter loves Mr. Brown Can Moo and I’m sure we’ll enjoy many more Dr. Seuss books as she gets older. Celebrating his birthday sounds like a great tradition.
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  5. I was thinking of making the Dr. Seuss red and white hat out of construction paper with my two-year-old, but since I have to still buy supplies, that will have to wait until Saturday! Otherwise, we will be reading a ton of Dr. Seuss books today! Right now he’s reading The Lorax with daddy!
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  6. Oh, I totally forgot about that! I am getting all kinds of great ideas now. Green eggs and ham for Breakfast, make cat in the hat hats, read every dr suess book we have in the house, make a clover and a who, maybe even buy a goldfish :) This will be fun.
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  7. Emmalyn O. says:

    I didn’t know it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Thanks for the information. What’s your favorite story written by him?

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