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Dr. Seuss Books

Most people don't know just how many there are!

And most Dr. Seuss resources list his books in the most unhelpful ways:

  • by year of publication
  • alphabetized
  • whether the book is a "Beginner Book," a "Bright and Early Book" or "None of the above
Theodor Geisel published his first children's book as Dr. Seuss in 1937.

He became a successful children's book author in the early going, but there wasn't much money in it, and his main income came from the advertising field.

In the mid-1950s, America was in a panic about falling reading scores. Early Readers, those Sally, Dick and Jane books, were being blamed - for being boring!

A 1954 Life Magazine article detailed the decline and called personally upon Geisel to write and illustrate Early Readers that would hold children's interest.

Geisel took up the challenge. With a stingy palette of barely more than 200 Early Reader words, The Cat in the Hat took him about a year and a half to create. The world of children's books has never been the same.

At Best Children's Books, we list Dr. Seuss's books two ways:

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Seuss by Subject Matter

Dr. Seuss books that appear as links are reviewed on this site!

Each book appears only once, though some books could have appeared on more than one list.

Three Dr. Seuss books that changed how kids learn to read.

The Cat in the Hat (1957)

  • The book that changed everything.

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)

  • The sequel to the book that changed everything.

Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

  • Sam-I-Am sets the standard for persistent pestering!
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Dr. Seuss books with a focus on morality

Seuss wasn't at all scared to address right and wrong. In fact, among these are some of his best, most beloved books.

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The Butter Battle Book (1984)

  • Seuss takes on the absurdity of war, of mutually assured destruction, of finding excuses to hate people who are different in no significant way. A classic.

Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him! (1976)

  • The narrator's having a party, and there's one kid he intends not to invite. Eventually though, he opts for inclusiveness. Not one of Seuss's best, and not illustrated by him.

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

  • Seuss's sweetest and most moral character, Horton always does what's right. Here he faces down danger and derision to hatch an egg that isn't his. A classic.

Horton Hears A Who! (1954)

  • Horton returns to hear a community of microscopic creatures that no one else believes are there (and at risk). Just as with the egg, it's up to Horton to protect them from destruction. Perhaps Seuss's most morally complex work, it's another classic, with amazing renderings of Who-world.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957)

  • Borrowing visually from the Whos in Horton, Seuss created a seasonal classic that works just as well in book form as onscreen. The Dr. reminds us again that it's not about what's material.

The Lorax (1971)

  • In this heartfelt classic, Seuss pleas for the planet. Perfect for kids who need a little reminder about ecological balance, but perhaps not for kids already given to worrying about the state of things.

The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)

  • Seuss preaches for integration, against stubbornness, and about not being scared of those who are different than us in this little collection that contains the only Seuss ghost story I can think of!

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)

  • If Horton couldn't tell the difference between freeloaders and the truly helpless, he would be Thidwick, the dopey lug of a moose who lets a bunch of lazy louts lounge between his antlers.

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)

  • In one of Seuss's most perpetually popular books (and deservedly so), and an absolute classic, he launches separate attacks on royalty, vanity and braggadocio.

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Dr. Seuss books about imagination

Imagination never had a bigger advocate than the good doctor! In these books he explicitly encourages children (and anyone else paying attention) to use it, rather than lose it.

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937)

  • Seuss's wonderful first book feels like an announcement of what's to come and who he is. A young boy can't bear to tell the boring story of his walk home, so he makes stuff up!

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo! (1975)

  • A Seuss spin on chaos theory! Written with the pen name Rosetta Stone, illustrated by Michael Frith

If I Ran the Circus (1956)

  • Seuss demonstrates just how unfettered imagination can be in this tale of a boy and the circus full of crazy creatures he sees himself running someday.

If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

  • You can imagine what kind of bizarre animals Seuss protagonist Gerald McGrew would stock his zoo with. (But just in case you can't, you might want to check out the book.)

McElligot's Pool (1947)

  • If there's a more optimistic kid than the one in this Seuss classic, I've yet to meet him. If you're looking for a book exemplifying a glass-half-full approach to life, you'll never beat this one.

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

  • You don't even have to have a purpose. Just sit back and imagine. It'll be worth it!

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)

  • Yet another Seuss ode to imagination, as he presents the letters beyond Z, the ones you'll need in order to spell the things you can only see in your mind's eye.

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Dr. Seuss self help books

No one ever called these "self-help" books, but that's what they are.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)

  • Seuss had a gift for speaking directly to children and conveying an important message at just the right moment. The right moment here is when your kid is feeling sorry for him/herself. Seuss presents a variety of unlikely characters whom we're all better off than!

Hunches in Bunches (1982)

  • Many of Seuss's books preach a carpe diem, can-do spirit, but in this delightful detour he addresses the very real possibility that one can be overwhelmed by one's options.

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)

  • In this wonderful story, Seuss makes the case that confronting obstacles beats letting them make you turn back. Pacifist parents might want to know that Seuss endorses confronting obstacles with a baseball bat however.

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Dr. Seuss books about growing up

Seuss didn't have kids of his own, which makes it all the more remarkable that he knew exactly how to handle them.

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962)

  • Lights out just got easier. It may seem to a kid at bedtime that everyone else is getting to stay up. The Dr. makes it quite clear that that is not the case by presenting an array of creatures just itching to nod off.

Happy Birthday to You (1959)

  • Perhaps the most gorgeous of the Seuss books and appropriate for anyone who has birthdays, it makes the nice point that only in fiction does everyone get every gift they want.

I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (1965)

  • A subtle book touching on bullying and taking refuge in imagination.

Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be A Vet (1980)

  • A bit dated (and a bit gender-biased), this book asks kids to think about what kind of job they'd like to do when they grow up.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)

  • Seuss's last book is one of his most beloved, as he prepares your kids for a wondrous life after they leave home. Kids love to imagine themselves older. This book brings magic to the whole exercise.

Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (1977)

  • Seuss offers a playful reply for those times when children's wishes can't all be fulfilled.

Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (1975)

  • Some adults struggle trying to communicate with kids. Send that grown-up and a kid off with this book and you'll have solved the problem!

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Silly Dr. Seuss books

Gerald McBoing Boing (not illustrated by Seuss)

  • This little bit of inconsequential silliness started off as a short film and probably should have been allowed to stay that way.

I Am Not Going To Get Up Today! (1987)

  • Late in life, when he wasn't feeling well, Seuss wrote this book about a world in outrage that a child refuses to get out of bed. Did Seuss see himself in that child? I suspect.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (1969)

  • Silliness reigns in this collection of three stories (the last two rather tongue-twistery). No deep messages, just, "Don't boast," "Don't make others wait on you," and "Don't let monsters use your phone."

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)

  • A great book for interactivity. You say the nonsense words, then your child repeats them.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

  • A book of poems about imaginary creatures whose names happen to rhyme with their surroundings.

Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)

  • The kid in this book is a little older and wants to impress a girl. He does so by bragging about the omelet he'll make her, with eggs from birds that could only exist in a Seussian imagination.

There's a Wocket in My Pocket (1974)

  • A bit underwhelming. A little like One Fish Two Fish but with less charm and cleverness.

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Seuss without rhyme

Three early Dr. Seuss books were written in prose.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)

  • Seuss's 2nd book, and his first in prose, is a bit long-winded and without much of a message. A boy ordered to take his hat off in the king's presence find that each time he removes his hat it's replaced by another.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949)

  • Bartholomew Cubbins, no longer at risk of having his head cut off by the king, is now working for the guy. In this, the 2nd of Seuss's prose pieces, the king is messing with Mother Nature and only Bartholomew really sees the disaster that's coming.

The King's Stilts (1939)

  • In this, perhaps the best of Seuss's prose books, he tells the tale of a kingdom at risk because its diligent king isn't having enough fun! He delivers a message that will hit home with adults every bit as much as - or more - than with kids.

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Dr. Seuss tongue-twisters

Who better to write tongue-twisters than the master of rhyme and meter? Here he brings alliteration into the mix.

Fox in Socks (1965)

  • Think of Fox in Socks as the Sam-I-Am of tongue-twisters!

Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)

  • Guaranteed to put your tongue in a sling!

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Seuss pretending not to be Seuss

When Seuss wrote books but had others illustrate them, he used a pen name. (Usually Theo. LeSieg, a rearranging of his real name, Theodor Geisel.) Those pseudonymous books not listed elsewhere are listed here.

Come over to My House (1966)

  • Illustrated by Richard Erdoes. Featuring homes in different cultures.

The Eye Book (1968)

  • Illustrated by Joe Mathieu. An easy reader about seeing.

In a People House (1972)

  • Illustrated by Roy McKie. Easy reading about a mouse showing a bird where people live.

The Tooth Book (1981)

  • Illustrated by Joe Mathieu. Easy reading on the subject of...you guessed it!

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Dr. Seuss books for the earliest readers

The Foot Book (1968)

  • The focus is on feet - lots of different kinds of feet! - but with no Seuss nonsense words.

Great Day for Up! (1974)

  • Seuss turns up into a noun in this upbeat book illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Hop on Pop (1963)

  • Maybe Seuss's most famous book for the earliest readers, he uses rhyming look-alike words to make reading doable.

Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! (1972)

  • Bedtime? For Marvin? When he's good and ready!

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)

  • Fun to be had in identifying silhouettes!

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Dr. Seuss letters, numbers and words

The building blocks of learning!

The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary (1964)

  • Great stuff. Not truly by Seuss, but courtesy of his team of writers and illustrators.

Dr. Seuss's ABC (1963)

  • The Dr. Seuss alphabet book!

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)

  • He showed us how to read. Here he tells us why!

Ten Apples Up On Top! (1961)

  • The Dr. Seuss counting book, illustrated by Roy McKie.

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Dr. Seuss activity books

If you're looking for books with Seussian style that require more than just paying attention, here they are.

The Cat in the Hat Songbook (1967)

  • Simple piano and guitar arrangements and original songs with lyrics by a man who - let's face it - knew something about rhyme and meter.

The Cat's Quizzer (1976)

  • Seuss's spin on The Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Not really a classic, I'm afraid.

I Can Draw It Myself (1970) (no review; available on Amazon)

  • Want to draw like the Dr.? This book contains 20 drawings started by Dr. Seuss and intended to be completed by your child. The rhyming instructions tell how.

I Can Write: A Book by Me, Myself (1971)

  • Illustrated by Roy McKie. With simple rhymes, Seuss encourages kids to write what he writes in the space provided.

The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (1974) (no review; available on Amazon)

  • Illustrated by Roy McKie. A Dr. Seuss pop-up book. We can't afford this one, but you can find it on Amazon! (Look also for The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice.)

My Book About Me (1970)

  • This is a memory book that your kid fills out, following Seuss's instructions to document this moment in his or her own childhood. There's no story, just a refreshing focus on your child. (Requires reading and writing skills.)

Wacky Wednesday (1974)

  • A "What's wrong with this picture?" book accompanied by Seussian rhymes.

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Dr. Seuss books published after his death

Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995)

  • Ouch. Seuss wrote this decades before his death. Clearly he didn't want it published.

My Many Colored Days (1996)

  • A posthumous collaboration that Seuss did want, with two artists contributing beautifully to a Dr. Seuss poem.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998)

  • Seuss was never able to complete this manuscript, or the drawings, so two rather talented guys stepped in to do it for him. The result is wonderful and unique.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011)

  • Seuss historian Charles D. Cohen unearthed these seven original stories published in Redbook Magazine in the 1950s. Almost forgotten and never in book form until now.

What Pet Should I Get? (2015)

  • The rhythms are off in what feels like a very unfinished, unpolished manuscript that may have become One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

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Dr. Seuss books for grown-ups

The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)

  • Seuss also had a career as a painter, and he liked painting nudes. Here there's a story to go with the art.

You're Only Old Once (1986)

  • As the good Doctor's life wound down, he created this wonderful book - in his familiar style - about visiting an endless stream of doctors.

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Dr. Seuss collections and box sets:

A great way to save on Seuss. Visit our Dr. Seuss sets page for details on each of these collections:

  • The Big Green Book of Beginner Books
  • Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection
  • A Hatful of Seuss
  • Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics
  • Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss


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Books about Dr. Seuss

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The Annotated Cat

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about how Seuss came to write The Cat in the Hat

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