Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
Today is Dr. Seuss Day. Remember, “Cat in the Hat?” It is also “National Read Across America Day 2020.” The celebrations are one and the same. The latter was first celebrated in 1998 and has been held annually ever since. Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated to honor the birth of the well-known children’s author. Theodor Seuss Geisel had a way with words that inspired millions of children.
Author Born In 1904
Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2nd, 1904. After graduating from high school in 1921 he entered Dartmouth College. During his college years, he joined a Dartmouth humor magazine named “Jack-O-Lantern.” He became the editor-in-chief. However, since this was the era of prohibition, and he was caught drinking, which, of course, was illegal, he was forced to resign from the magazine.
Dr. Seuss Continues
Since Dr. Seuss enjoyed his work with the magazine he wanted to continue working for it. It was then that he used the pen name “Seuss.” After his graduation, in 1925, he became a student at Lincoln College, Oxford where he studied for his Ph.D. in English Literature. During his Oxford years, he met Helen Palmer. She encouraged him to pursue a career in art instead of becoming an English teacher. Helen became his wife in 1927.
Dr. Seuss Becomes A Cartoonist
During World War 11 Dr. Seuss created more than 400 political cartoons for the New York daily newspaper called PM. The cartoons denounced Hitler and Mussolini. He went on to draw posters for the War Production Board and the Treasury Department. He eventually wrote films for the United States Army Air Forces. Following this, he began to write children’s books using his pen name, Dr. Seuss. Many of his books are still read in classrooms today, including, “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” to name a few.
He Writes For 63 Years
Dr. Seuss was an active author through 1990. He passed away the following year on September 24th. When the National Education Association determined it wanted a day to celebrate reading while also encouraging children to read all across the US, they created the “Read Across America Day. It was set to coincide with the birthday of the famous author.