Not only does Dr. Seuss teach some great life lessons, but he can literally be a life saver on those grumpy toddler days. His absolute silliness is enough to put anyone in a better mood or at least crack a smile. 🙂 And today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Coincidentally, we’ve been reading a lot of Dr. Seuss lately. I think it’s partly because Landon (my almost 6-year-old) is picking up in his reading skills so he can identify quite a bit in the books and also because Liam (my almost 3-year-old) is finally interested in longer stories. Today I’m sharing some of our favorites.
The classics are always top of the list: Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, but we have quite a few other favorite Seuss books that might be off your radar, including a fun activity book. Check them out and let me know in the comments what your favorite Seuss book is.
1. Put Me in the Zoo: I’m positive that part of the allure for me is the fact that I still have the copy from when I was little but it’s a fun one. The message is that there is a “spot” for everyone in this world. The rhymes are ones that the kids will catch onto instantly, without any of the crazy made-up words Seuss is known for.
2. Go Dog Go! Although this has always been a favorite, Landon loves that he can read it now, so it’s pretty suitable for beginner readers. He loves it even more now that he can read it to Liam. It’s mostly pure silliness but teaches a lot of opposites and colors which is great for the littles.
3. Ten Apples Up On Top: Liam is obsessed with this one! It’s a silly book about counting. We have the board book version but it comes in hardcover and paperback as well.
4. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb: This is Liam’s other current favorite. The silly monkeys in the book teach your littles about hands, fingers and thumbs (shocker, right?). LOL
5. My Book About Me: This is actually an activity book but one that will savor memories. I also had this one as a kid and now Landon does too. From “Yes” and “No” questions, fill-in-the-blanks, images to complete, and simple writing activities, you fill in all sorts of information from your favorite things to how many rooms are in your house. It’s definitely for elementary school aged kids. (By the way, Landon also loved filling out the holiday version: My Book About Christmas by ME, Myself: with some help from the Grinch & Dr. Seuss.