Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, which just so happens to also be the national Read Across America day. He was a popular American writer and illustrator who was best known for his popular children’s books. Although many people pronounce Seuss as “Soose,” it is correctly pronounced as “Zoice.”
Dr. Seuss got his nickname in his senior year of college when his dean caught him and several of his friends violating the laws of the Prohibition Act by drinking in his dorm room. His punishment was losing his editor-in-chief position of his college’s magazine, called the Jack-O-Lantern. A part of his editorship was publishing cartoons to the magazine. This was when he began publishing his artwork to the magazine under aliases. The cartoons that he published after losing his editorship marked the first time ever for him to sign them with “Seuss.”
Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991. By the time of his death he had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including some of his more popular children’s books such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
To commemorate Dr. Seuss contributions, March 2 is now known as National Read across America day. From schools to the White House, parties are thrown and Seuss books are read to stress the importance and the fun of reading.