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Learning about Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was the author for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids, so I was thrilled when Emma brought this Dr. Seuss History Maker Bio home from the library! Theodor Seuss Geisel was a fun author for my art-loving and rhyme-loving kids to learn more about! He’s even a local author – born in Springfield, Massachusetts. We’ll have to take our kids to Dartmouth College sometime (his alma mater). We learned from the book that Seuss also spent a couple years in England, studying for a doctorate in literature, so we pulled up the photos we took when we visited Oxford with six-month-old Emma – we were living in Cambridge, England, at the time, so it was only a bus ride away!

visiting Oxford

Seuss never did get his doctorate, but he met and married his wife, Helen Palmer, while he was there!


I had to include this photo of Emma in one of the great halls at Oxford – her super-excited expression seemed perfect for an article about Seuss! This hall – in Christ Church College (Oxford University is made up of several different colleges, which can be a bit confusing to Americans) – was also, apparently, used in at least one of the Harry Potter films.

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I’ve always been partial to And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! Follow the links below for lots of fun activities for kids to go along with this month’s author!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

40 thoughts on “Learning about Dr. Seuss”

  1. It’s so fun to unearth information about Dr. Seuss. He has so many aliases that he feels mysterious to me! I had no idea he was from Springfield, went to Dartmouth or studied in England. What fun to find out more about him!

  2. Super cute story! We love Dr. Seuss. My favorite has always been One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. It was the first book I remember “reading” (aka memorizing).

    J likes the Lorax, which I never read till last year. His school does Dr. Seuss week in March, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

  3. Oh my goodness…that picture of Emma is adorable. What an expression! Dr. Seuss is a favorite in our home too (where isn’t he?). I’m partial to Oh, The Places You’ll Go. We love to travel as a family so this story always speaks to me.

  4. Hey Mama!

    Loving the sling, and the perfect happy little girl!

    I so love England. The architecture certainly is amazing! It gives me hope that Dr. Seuss never finished his doctorate. Maybe I can still be wildly successful – just with a MS. Hhhhmmmm?

    I love this post and I love Dr. Seuss. My daughter is memorizing some of his poems and books for her Suzuki Violin Class. I am learning to love him even more. His words must be born of God, because they are perfect in every way.

  5. The pictures are fabulous!!!! I went to a Seuss museum in the Dallas area growing up. Crazy place. :) My favourites are his tongue twisters.

  6. We adore Dr. Seuss and The Lorax is our absolute favorite. My girls love to exclaim, “We speak for the trees!” Pre kids my husband and I visited the Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden (I think that’s where Lynda is referring to) and the statues are incredible. I really hope we can return with the kids one day. http://www.catinthehat.org/memorial.htm

  7. oh, love the look on Emma’s face. It is so hard to pick one Dr.Seuss book. I like “oh the places you will go”, my son now like the one we just got – The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

  8. What great connections you have to Dr Seuss and I love her face in the picture in the great hall. I’ve never been to Oxford (shock horror) but it’s on our places to visit list with the kids.

    Of the books we’ve got so far I really like Wocket in my Pocket but J love The Foot Book and T Mr Brown Can Moo

  9. There are some statues/monuments to Seuss in Springfield, MA that I’ve been wanting to check out for a long time…maybe Seuss’ birthday next month would be just the time to do that! My favorite Seuss book is The Lorax, but we read a lot of The Grinch at Christmastime!

    And those pictures are awesome! :)

  10. I adore that first picture of you. A young mom, so happy, in a beautiful setting, and off to learn about one of the most beloved children’s author, just wonderful.

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