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Librarians and teachers celebrate literary characters, like the Cat in the Hat and the Mad Hatter, on Dr. Seuss’s birthday every year on March 2 for National Read Across America Day ©Author Adventures

Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss)

Generations of readers have enjoyed the whimsical prose of Theodor Geisel, also known as “Dr. Seuss” (1904-1991), who was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The author and illustrator of approximately 50 books sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. Some of his books require deeper interpretations than at first glance. We like Oh, the Places You Will Go, which can apply to anyone’s life journey. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is high on our list too.

“The problem with writing a book in verse is, to be successful, it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound easy. When you can do it, it helps tremendously because it’s a thing that forces kids to read on. You have this unconsummated feeling if you stop.” — Dr. Seuss

For a list of his classic books, click here: https://www.best-books-for-kids.com/list-of-dr-seuss-books.html.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

This Museum opened in 2017, making it the newest museum in the family of Springfield, Massachusetts, museums. A trail connecting three museums of illustrators (Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and Norman Rockwell) can be found here: https://springfieldmuseums.org/illustrators-trail.

According to https://springfieldmuseums.org/about/dr-seuss-museum: “The fully bilingual (Spanish and English) first floor features family friendly, interactive exhibits exploring Dr. Seuss’s Springfield roots and providing opportunities to experiment with new sounds and vocabulary, play rhyming games, and invent stories–all in line with Geisel’s revolutionary role in changing how we learn to read.

“The second floor, curated by Geisel’s two step daughters and great nephew, recreates Geisel’s studio and living room (with the furniture and art materials he actually used) and features never before publicly displayed art, family photographs and letters, and the original Geisel Grove sign which used to hang in Forest Park.  You can even find Theophrastus, the toy stuffed dog Ted Geisel’s mother gave to him when he was a boy in Springfield.”

The National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Founded in 2002, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield honors the life and work of the author and illustrator. The Museum and Sculpture Garden are located at 21 Edwards Street.

Springfield currently has a population of approximately 155,000, but it was around 60,000 when Theodor Geisel was born there.

Another Place to Visit

You can also read about the author and illustrator through our California page about him, and see another excellent sculpture.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is the seventh stop on Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 1!

Patricia Smart