The 5 Reasons Dr. Seuss Remains Timeless, Tops Bestseller Lists

Known for entertaining children through books, cartoonist and writer Dr. Seuss’s unusual, memorable and timeless stories have been captivating children and adults across the globe for over 50 years and continue topping the bestseller list. 

Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ which was rejected 27 times before its release in 1937. However, it was his string of bestsellers like, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ in 1957 and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ in 1960 with their memorable rhymes and characters, that are beloved by generations of fans.

Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, authored 44 children’s books, more than 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with inventive animals, characters, and best of all, humor. Photo courtesy The Art of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss discusses life-lessons and, as adults who had read these books as children, these are the little reminders we as adults need reminding of as we guide our children in their thoughts and expressions. 

Universally loved and celebrated, Dr. Seuss remains the most beloved author of our generation. Through its child-like simplicity and funny, lovable characters, Dr. Seuss books continue to capture the essence of what it means to live.

Each of Dr. Seuss’s 60+ books spans all ages, genders, colors, and excludes no one, from the smallest tyke to the oldest gent. Chances are, we all became better adults because we read a Dr. Seuss book as a kid.

1. Be yourself all the time

Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You
“Happy Birthday To You!” Photo courtesy The Art of Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” ~ “Happy Birthday To You.”

In ‘Happy Birthday To You,’ published in 1959, Dr. Seuss discusses self-actualization celebrates everything about you on your day by reminding the reader to be themselves because no one can be you better you. 

2. Conquer the world when possible

Dr. Seuss Place You'll Go
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Photo courtesy The Art of Dr. Seuss

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so— get on your way.” ~ ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ 

First published in 1990 and is the perfect send-off to kids of all ages, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” doesn’t sugar-coat life’s ups and downs. Toted as the last book published during his lifetime, Dr. Seuss encouraged people to live life, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Success resides inside of us all, but it isn’t guaranteed. 

3. Everyone is the same on the inside

“Some are thin. And some are fat. The Fat One has a yellow hat.” ~ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.’

Written in 1960, the children in, ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,’ see fat fish and thin fish without passing any judgment on which one looks better. They’re just different sorts of fish and, at the end of the day, what are they? Fish. They’re all fish—regardless of their size, shape, or color.

4. Stand up for yourself

“There’s room there to spare, and I’m happy to share! Be my guest, and I hope that you’re comfortable there!” ~ ‘Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose.’

In the 1948 book, “Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose,” Thidwick is one of Dr. Suess’s most giving characters. However, his kindness shows up as a weakness to the menagerie of animals taking residence amidst his antlers. He eventually grows a spine in the nick-of-time to escape certain death from hunters. Dr. Seuss’s Thidwick proves that, if the inability to say “No” supersedes one’s desires, one can lose one’s head! 

5. Remember the reason for the holiday

Dr. Seuss Grinch
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Photo courtesy The Art of Dr. Seuss

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ~ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’

1957’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” reminds people, regardless of their religion, of the meaning behind the celebration of any particular holiday. This beloved book could easily have been, “How The Grinch Stole The 4th of July” and celebrate the occasion for which it is intended free from commercialization.

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