Hip-Hip-Hooray! It's Dr. Seuss Day!

Seira Wilson on March 02, 2018

RAA_2018_225W.jpgIt's Dr. Seuss/Theodore Seuss Geisel's 114th birthday, and kids across the country are celebrating his legacy with Read Across America day.  What authors do you think he'd have liked?  Mo Willems, perhaps?  Shel Silverstein? No doubt. I wonder how Dr. Seuss would feel about the news that a fully animated movie version of The Cat in the Hat is in the works?  I think he'd be thrilled.

Below are a couple of special images from the Dr. Seuss archives in San Diego (items from the collection are often on display this month and during the summer--how cool would it be to see them in real life!? ): two pages from the original drafts of The Cat in the Hat, annotated by Seuss. 

It's so fun to see these rough sketches and his ideas for changes (TILT written by the window in the first one, for example).  I also love to see the old typewriter typeface, showing where Seuss decided to use "then" instead of "and," because every word of his writing had to come together and play well with others to get the right tone.  We might wonder about his revisions, the why this and not that of it all, and it's treasured artifacts like those below that allow us a glimpse of how Dr. Seuss worked and thought... 

So what do you say, let's get underway, grab a book and read today!

**Images are courtesy of Dr. Seuss Collection, Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego. Reproduced Courtesy of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.  (Click to view larger image size)



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