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National Read Across America Day – Dr. Seuss

28th Feb 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and illustrator who was better known as Dr. Seuss, a popular children’s writer. His first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was published in 1937. Next came a string of best sellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His rhymes and characters are beloved by generations. His popular children’s books have sold over 600 million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Theodor Robert Geisel, a successful brewmaster, and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. At age 18, Geisel left home to attend Dartmouth College, where he became the editor in chief of its humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. When Geisel and his friends were caught drinking in his dorm room one night, in violation of Prohibition law, he was kicked off the magazine staff, but continued to contribute to it using the pseudonym "Seuss."

After graduating from Dartmouth, Geisel attended Oxford University in England, with plans to eventually become a professor. While at Oxford, he met his future wife, Helen Palmer, whom he married in 1927. That same year, he dropped out of Oxford, and the couple moved back to the United States.

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Upon returning to America, Geisel decided to pursue cartooning full-time, and his articles and illustrations were published in numerous magazines, including LIFE and Vanity Fair. A cartoon that he published in the July 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, his first using the pen name "Seuss," landed him a staff position at the New York weekly Judge. He then worked for Standard Oil in the advertising department, where he spent the next 15 years. His ad for Flit, a common insecticide, became nationally famous. Around this time, Viking Press offered Geisel a contract to illustrate a children's collection called Boners. The book sold poorly, but it gave him a break into children's literature. Geisel's first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991 leaving behind a phenomenal legacy in children’s literature. Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as National Read Across America Day, an initiative on celebrating reading created by the NEA.

Here, at Educational Outfitters, we are more than just another school uniform company. We are local owners who truly care about our schools, students, and communities. We encourage initiatives which celebrate children, their life, and their dreams. Dr. Seuss and his books foster a love for words in children and inspires them to read. Knowledge is power – support our young children and instill a lifetime of love for learning by reading with them.