The 10 Best Dr. Seuss Books

Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Dr. Seuss was not your ordinary doctor. In fact, he was no doctor at all. It was the pseudonym of American children’s author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, one of the most popular writers in his field.

Under the name Dr. Seuss, he published over 60 children’s books and his works have been translated into more than 15 languages. He also wrote a dozen of books under the pseudonym Theo. Le Sieg and one as Rosetta Stone.

Born in 1904, Geisel grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and his mother Henrietta inspired his sense of rhythm, as she herself would hum to her children songs with rythmes from her time working in her father’s bakery.

A few years later, in 1925 while at Darmouth College, Geisel was working for the college humor magazine called Jack-O-Lantern and rose to the position of editor-in-chief. But, after being caught drinking gin with friends (in the era of prohibition), he was forced to resign from his extracurricular activities. To continue to publish in the Jack-O-Lantern magazine, Geisel began to take a variety of pseudonyms, including “T. Seuss” or “Dr. Theophrastus Seuss”. Few years later, he finally chose “Dr. Seuss” as his professional pen name.

In 1937, He published “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” in 1937. Though not a big seller at the time, he still received good praise from critics. It was really a few books down the line, with “Horton Hatches the Egg“, that Dr. Seuss obtained critical acclaim and financial success in 1940.

Dr. Seuss didn’t have to count on his literary success to live, as he became a successful ad man after graduating from Dartmouth. And during World War II, he focused his attention on the war effort, first by producing political cartoons and then by making propaganda films.

He returned to children’s books in 1947 and continued to create books for many many years.

If you want to discover Dr. Seuss, or re-read some of his most acclaimed books, the following are some suggestions…

Dr. Seuss’s Favorite Book

If you should read one book from Dr. Seuss, which one should it be? There is some obvious choices out there, as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat as two of the most popular books by Dr. Seuss.

But Dr. Seuss’s personal favorite was The Lorax. He described the story as being “about people who raise hell in the environment and leave nothing behind.”

As Dr. Seuss explained it “Every once in a while, I get mad. ‘The Lorax’ came out of my being angry. The ecology books I’d read were dull… In ‘The Lorax,’ I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”

The Highest Selling Dr. Seuss Books

As one of the most popular children’s books author of all time, some of his books are still selling like cupcakes! With the help of Publisher Weekly, here is a list of the ten highest-selling Dr. Seuss books at the moment of writing this article:

  1. Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  2. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
  4. The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  5. Fox in Socks (1965)

Let’s not forget some of his other most famous and best-selling books: Horton Hatches the Egg (1940), Horton Hears a Who! (1954), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957).

The 10 Best Dr. Seuss Books to Read Aloud

Like to read aloud to your children? A few years ago, Barnes and Noble established a list of the best Dr. Seuss books to read-aloud, full of whimsical creatures, fun illustrations, and catchy rhythms.

  1. Fox in Socks (1965)
  2. Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  3. Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1996)
  4. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
  5. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)
  6. The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  7. The Lorax (1971)
  8. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
  9. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)
  10. The Foot Book (1968)

10 Less-Known Dr. Seuss Books

When you think about Dr. Seuss, some obvious titles can pop into your mind like Horton Hears a Who! or How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (just to not repeat Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham).

As he wrote more than 60 children’s books, let’s turn our attention to less famous works by the author. Following are 10 Dr. Seuss Books you have maybe never heard of, selected by parent.com:

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! (1969)
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (1975)
The Butter Battle Book (1984)
On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
The King’s Stilts (1939)
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995)
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965)

More Dr. Seuss

For a complete list of Dr. Seuss Books and more info on the author and his books:

Seussville. official website
Dr Seuss Books In Order. howtoread.me
8 things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss. pbs.org