Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans

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Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans

Novel read-a-likes to engage even the most devoted enthusiasts!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as the beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, celebrated a birthday this March. Dr. Seuss’s books have long delighted audiences with their imagination and whimsy. But if your child has exhausted these classics, why not try some of these texts to discover some new read-a-likes?

Books like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish are often used for young children learning concepts like counting or color through an engaging format. Here are some other finds that will have your child shouting their ABC’s:  Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book Mouse Shapes demonstrates form (squares, circles, triangles) through illustrative papercuts.  Keith Baker’s LMNO Peas will have you laughing at some charming peas who can do some amazing things.  Like Walsh, Lois Ehlert uses papercuts to challenge young readers as they learn about texture and tone. As we head into spring/summer, Planting a Rainbow is a playful text that is great for introducing children to the wonders of the outdoors.

There may be many books about cats out there, but there is only one Cat in the Hat.  Nevertheless, Max the Brave by Ed Vere is a fanciful book that is as funny as it is silly. Follow Max as he valiantly attempts to challenge a mouse. The only problem is that he does not know what a mouse is! Readers will delight in the foolish lengths that Max goes to prove that he is courageous. How about trying a new character like a silly pig? Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan is very seussian in feeling, as it follows “… a pig in a wig, on a boat in a moat with a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log. . . .” well, you get the idea.

Two of the best features in Dr. Seuss’s works are his use of rhyme and onomatopoeia, a facet which is illustrated in texts like Hop on Pop or Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Popular works today like The Pete the Cat series, If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff or Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin are perennial favorites, but there are lesser known texts that are equally appealing. Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle is a fantastic read, especially on rainy days; as thunderclouds roll in, watch all the pedestrians scatter in this original book that focuses on wordplay.

Readers often cite Dr. Seuss’s quirky tone as one of the reasons for his popularity. Certainly series like Mo Willem’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or Oliver Jeffers' book Stuck are equal crowd pleasers. While I enjoy Pigeon’s character (who doesn’t – he’s so sassy!) Oliver Jeffers's works are a particular favorite of mine. Stuck takes one simple premise – a little boy gets his kite stuck in a tree – and takes it to the absurd. If your child enjoys humorous books, then Jan Thomas' The Doghouse or Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s One Day may also tickle their funny bone. Filled with simple graphics and animated text, these books are sure to win over even the most devoted Seuss fan. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!”