Dr. Seuss bibliography

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, published over 60 children's books over the course of his long career. Though most were published under his well-known pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, he also authored over a dozen books as Theo. LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone. As one of the most popular children's authors of all time, Geisel's books have topped many bestseller lists, sold over 222 million copies, and been translated into more than 15 languages.[1] In 2000, when Publishers Weekly compiled their list of the best-selling children's books of all time; 16 of the top 100 hardcover books were written by Geisel, including Green Eggs and Ham, at number 4, The Cat in the Hat, at number 9, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, at number 13, and Dr. Seuss's ABC.[2] In the years following his death in 1991, several additional books based on his sketches and notes were published, including Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! and Daisy-Head Mayzie. Although they were all published under the name Dr. Seuss, only My Many Colored Days, originally written in 1973, was entirely by Geisel.

Dr. Seuss books[edit]

The bulk of Theodor Seuss Geisel's books were published under the name of Dr. Seuss. Except for Great Day for Up! and My Book about ME, these books were illustrated and written by Geisel.

Title Synopsis Notes Original publication year
The Pocket Book of Boners This book is a collection of humorous anecdotes and illustrations representing some of the earliest work credited to Dr. Seuss. The 1941 printing of The Pocket Book of Boners compiles four separate books that were issued in 1931. 1931
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Marco watches the sight and sounds of people and vehicles traveling along Mulberry Street and dreams up an elaborate story to tell to his father at the end of his walk. 1937
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins In the kingdom of Didd, King Derwin is riding through a street past Bartholomew Cubbins, a poor boy in the market. Bartholomew removes his hat, according to the laws, but another hat mysteriously appears; when he attempts to remove this one too, another one appears again, and this continues, even as he removes more and more hats, each growing in extravagance and beauty. 1938
The King's Stilts The story of King Bertram of Binn, who dedicates himself to safeguarding his kingdom, which has a precarious existence. It is surrounded by water, which is held back from flooding the land by a ring of dike trees, which are in turn subject to attack from flocks of nizzards. To protect the kingdom, a legion of Patrol Cats is organized to keep the nizzards at bay, and King Bertram sees to their care personally. 1939
The Seven Lady Godivas The seven Lady Godivas each learn a moral while taking care of a horse. 1939
Horton Hatches the Egg An elephant named Horton is convinced by an irresponsible bird named Mayzie to sit on her egg while she takes a short break, which proves to last for months. Made into a Merrie Melodies cartoon in 1942. 1940
McElligot's Pool A boy named Marco is ridiculed for fishing in a small, polluted pool, and tries to justify himself by imagining the fish he might catch. It is one of the few books by Geisel to utilize paintings as the medium for its illustrations, rather than his common use of pen and ink. Caldecott Honor Book 1947
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose Thidwick, a moose who lives in a herd "about sixty or more", accepts a bug living on his antlers for free, who tells a spider of the free housing, and both accept a "Zinn-a-zu" bird, and this leads to a whole host of freeloaders taking up residence. 1948
Bartholomew and the Oobleck Bartholomew must rescue his kingdom from a sticky substance called oobleck. A sequel to The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Caldecott Honor Book 1949
If I Ran the Zoo Gerald McGrew visits a zoo and finds that the animals are "not good enough" and describes how he would run the zoo. He would let all of the current animals free and find new, more bizarre and exotic ones. Caldecott Honor Book 1950
Scrambled Eggs Super! A young boy named Peter T. Hooper spins a tale of an incredible meal he created by harvesting the eggs of fantastically exotic birds. 1953
Horton Hears a Who! Horton the Elephant of the Jungle of Nool hears a small speck of dust talking to him. The speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by microscopic-sized inhabitants known as Whos and led by a character known as the Mayor. Also a feature length CGI film. 1954
On Beyond Zebra! The young narrator, not content with the confines of the ordinary alphabet, invents additional letters beyond Z, with a fantastic creature corresponding to each new letter. 1955
If I Ran the Circus Behind Mr. Sneelock's ramshackle store, there's an empty lot. Little Morris McGurk is convinced that if he could just clear out the rusty cans, the dead tree, and the old cars, nothing would prevent him from using the lot for the amazing, world-beating, Circus McGurkus. 1956
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling, cat-like creature tries to steal everything related to Christmas by impersonating Santa Claus. Eventually he realizes he has a heart for Christmas after all. Also a feature length film 1957
The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat brings his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, to a household of two young children one rainy day. Chaos ensues while the children wonder how they are going to explain what happens to their mother. Also a feature length film 1957
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back The Cat in the Hat returns and while he leaves Thing One and Thing Two at home, he does bring along Little Cat A nested inside his hat. Little Cat A doffs his hat to reveal Little Cat B, who in turn reveals C, and so on down to the microscopic Little Cat Z. Together they try to get rid of a pink ring that has spread from the bathtub to the dress, to the wall, into some shoes, and finally out onto the snow where they work to get rid of it. 1958
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Consists of three stories:
  • Yertle the Turtle: Unsatisfied with the stone that serves as his throne, the king turtle commands the other turtles to stack themselves beneath him so that he can see further and expand his kingdom.
  • Gertrude McFuzz- The "girl-bird" Gertrude McFuzz, has a small, plain tail and envies Lolla-Lee-Lou, who has two tail feathers.
  • The Big Brag- A rabbit and a bear, both boast that they are the "best of the beasts", because of the range of their hearing and smelling abilities, respectively.
1958
Happy Birthday to You! Deals with a fantastic land, called Katroo, where the Birthday Bird throws everyone an amazing party on their special day. 1959
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish A simple rhyming book for learner readers, that has a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. 1960
Green Eggs and Ham Sam consistently badgers an unnamed character to try green eggs and ham. The unnamed character refuses to taste the dish, insisting that he would not like it. 1960
The Sneetches and Other Stories Consists of four stories:
  • The Sneetches: Because the star-bellied sneetches are being prejudicial to the plain-bellied Sneetches, a "fix-it-up chappie" named Sylvester McMonkey McBean appears and offers the Sneetches without stars a chance to have them by going through his Star-On Machine.
  • The Zax: A North-going Zax and a South-going Zax meet face to face in the Prairie of Prax. They refuse to move out of the way for one another and end up staying there. Teaches the value of compromise.
  • Too Many Daves: A mother, Mrs. McCave, who named all 23 of her sons Dave and has trouble telling them apart.
  • What Was I Scared Of?: The tale of a character who repeatedly meets up with an empty pair of pale-green pants and has to learn to accept them.
1961
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book A small bug yawn spreads contagiously and though various creatures, including the Foona Lagoona Baboona, the Collapsable Frink, the Chippendale Mupp, The Offt, and the Krandles. 1962
Dr. Seuss's ABC An alphabet book which features many strange creatures from the Aunt Annie's Alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. 1963
Hop on Pop Hop on Pop provides very simple rhymes to help beginner reading, such as a character named Pat who sits on a hat, a cat and a bat but must not sit on that (which happens to be a cactus). Shows a variety of characters and teaches sentence composition. 1963
Fox in Socks Mr. Fox converses with his partner Mr. Knox almost entirely in rhyming tongue-twisters, which begins to get on Knox's nerves. 1965
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew A tale of a young person who discovers the "troubles" of life and wishes to escape them. 1965
The Cat in the Hat Song Book A book exploring a wide variety of Dr. Seuss songs. Piano Score and Guitar Chords by Eugene Poddany 1967
The Foot Book Introduces many different creatures with very different feet. 1968
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories The title story concerns a boy who brags that he can fight 30 tigers and win. However, he makes excuse after excuse, finally disqualifying all the tigers until he must fight no tigers at all. The illustrations are notable for their use of gouache and brush strokes rather than the usual pen and ink. Others stories include King Looie Katz, another warning against hierarchical society advocating self-reliance, and The Glunk That Got Thunk about the power of run-away imagination. 1969
My Book about ME This book is deliberately incomplete as there are blanks on every page where the child is meant to fill in answers specific to him or her. Illustrated by Roy McKie, this is the first book that Dr. Seuss isn't illustrate. 1969
I Can Draw It Myself A coloring book featuring rhyming instructions to help children complete various pictures, culminating in a challenge to the child to draw his or her own "Big Something". The full title of the book is I Can Draw It Myself by Me, Myself. 1970
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! The book shows the sounds "Mr. Brown" can make, such as a cow's "moo", a frying pan's "sizzle", and a hippo's "grum". It was written so children would be able to learn about onomatopoeia and the sounds that they hear every day. 1970
The Lorax The Lorax chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax (a mossy, bossy man-like creature resembling an emperor tamarin), who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. Also a feature length CGI film 1971
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! Marvin K. Mooney is asked to leave in many ways. 1972
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Discusses an amusing litany of terrible predicaments which could befall a person, with the repeated admonishment that "you're really quite lucky". 1973
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff Explores the adventures of two kids and their journey to learn about all the shapes and sizes that make up our world. 1973
There's a Wocket in My Pocket! A little boy talks about what strange creatures live in his house, such as the Yeps on the steps, the Nooth Grush on his toothbrush, the Yottle in the bottle and the Jertain in the curtain. The last book for Bright and Early Books illustrated by Dr. Seuss. 1974
Great Day for Up! Every new day starts a new adventure. Illustrated by Quentin Blake, this is the last book for Bright and Early Books written by Dr. Seuss, and this is the second book that he didn't illustrate. 1974
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! About the many amazing 'thinks' one can think and the endless possibilities and dreams that imagination can create. 1975
The Cat's Quizzer The Cat in the Hat asks many, sometimes ridiculous, questions of the reader. This is the last book for Beginner Books in the reissue by Dr. Seuss. 1976
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! The Cat in the Hat shows a Young Cat the fun he can get out of reading. Also shows that reading is a useful tool to acquire knowledge. 1978
Oh Say Can You Say? A collection of 25 tongue-twisters such as "Oh my brothers! Oh my sisters! These are Terrible Tongue Twisters!" The last book for Beginner Books illustrated by Dr. Seuss. 1979
Hunches in Bunches A boy is approached by numerous strange creatures with enormous gloved hats on their heads. Each "hunch" points out a different possible course of action with some even contradicting themselves. 1982
The Butter Battle Book The conflict between the Yooks and the Zooks over which side of bread to spread butter on leads to an arms race, each competing to make bigger and nastier weapons to outdo the other, which results in the threat of mutual assured destruction. 1984
You're Only Old Once! An old man journeys through a clinic and sees its inefficiency. 1986
I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! A lazy boy decides to stay in bed despite media coverage and the arrival of the U.S. Marines. Illustrated by James Stevenson, this is the last book for Beginner Books written by Dr. Seuss, and this is the third and last book that he didn't illustrate. 1987
The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough A collection of Dr. Seuss' early writings and cartoons, edited by Richard Marschall. 1987
Oh, the Places You'll Go! The last book published before Dr. Seuss' death, about life and its challenges. 1990

Posthumous[edit]

Geisel also wrote four books that were posthumously published under his most recognizable pen name, Dr. Seuss.

Title Synopsis Notes Original publication year
Daisy-Head Mayzie The book is about a schoolgirl named Mayzie who one day suddenly sprouts a bright yellow daisy from her head. This makes her famous and she starts to miss her normal life. Not illustrated by Geisel 1995
My Many Colored Days A rhyming story, which describes each day in terms of a particular color which is in turn associated with a specific emotion. Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher 1996
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! The story surrounds a school that is well liked by its students notably because of its many eccentric teachers. Expanded and completed by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Lane Smith 1998
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories This book collects seven stories published in Redbook from 1948 to 1959: "The Bippolo Seed"; "The Rabbit, The Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga"; "Gustav, the Goldfish"; "Tadd and Todd"; "Steak for Supper"; "The Strange Shirt Spot"; and "The Great Henry McBride." Introduction by Charles D. Cohen 2011

Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone[edit]

Geisel also authored several books under the pen name Theo. LeSieg (Geisel spelled backward) and one book under the name Rosetta Stone. These books were written but not illustrated by Geisel.

Title Synopsis Illustrator Original publication year
Ten Apples Up on Top! Three animals, a lion, a dog, and a tiger, who consistently pile apples on their heads for fun. Roy McKie 1961
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet A boy wishes that he could have many different animal and mechanical body parts, finding fantastic uses for each. B Tobey 1965
Come over to My House The illustrations of this book portray the various styles of homes that kids from around the world live in. Richard Erdoes
(illustrated to Michael K. Frith)
1966
The Eye Book Roy McKie
Joe Mathieu
1968
1999
I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself Roy McKie 1971
In a People House A mouse shows a bird all the amazing things one can find in the everyday home. Roy McKie 1972
Wacky Wednesday Shows the adventures of a kid and how he learns to cope with an abnormal day. George Booth 1974
The Many Mice of Mr. Brice
a.k.a. The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice
Roy McKie 1974
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Roy McKie 1975
Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! A certain kid (the narrator) invites all his friends- whose names begin with all 26 letters of the alphabet- to a party at his house, except for Hooper Humperdink, but changes his mind as soon as the others are already having fun. Charles E. Martin
Scout Nash
1976
2006
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! Art Cummings 1977
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! Exposes the reader to many different types of careers. Michael J. Smollin 1980
The Tooth Book Shows people and animals that have teeth, and ones that do not. Explains that you only get two sets of teeth, and briefly how to care for them. Roy McKie
Joe Mathieu
1981
2000
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!! A bug sneezes, which sets off a series of larger and larger consequences, in the end nearly sending a whole town into chaos. Geisel wrote this book under the pen name Rosetta Stone. Michael K. Frith 1975

Theatrical[edit]

While Geisel was most famous for his literary works, he helped write several propaganda films, cartoon shorts, and feature-length film. Many of his literary works have also been adapted for the television and as feature-length films.

Feature film adaptations[edit]

Musicals[edit]

Television[edit]

Specials[edit]

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
  2. Horton Hears a Who! (1970)
  3. The Cat in the Hat (1971)
  4. The Lorax (1972)
  5. Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) - The Sneetches, The Zax, and Green Eggs and Ham
  6. The Hoober-Bloob Highway (1975)
  7. Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)
  8. Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? (1980)
  9. The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982)
  10. The Butter Battle Book (1989)
  11. In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)
  12. Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995)

Featured book[edit]

Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! (Between the Lions)

Series[edit]

  1. The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show (1956-1957)
  2. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996–1997)
  3. Gerald McBoing-Boing (2005–2007)
  4. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (2010–present)

Direct-to-video[edit]

This Dr. Seuss collection was a series released by Random House. They are a video version of a "book on tape". None of these productions are animated. This section does not contain duplicate entries. While Horton Hatches The Egg, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Green Eggs and Ham, and Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!, were adapted into full animation, they were also adapted into a non-animated production for this Dr. Seuss Collection.

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Video[edit]

Dr. Seuss Video Classics[edit]

Other[edit]

Video games[edit]

Leap Frog[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seussville: Biography". Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ Debbie Hochman Turvey (2001-12-17). "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Judith; Morgan, Neil (1995). Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel. Random House. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0-679-41686-2. 

External links[edit]

  • University of California San Diego's register of the materials in their Dr Seuss collection, detailing many of his works not published in (separate) books. [1]
  • A (possibly incomplete) list of illustrated short stories Seuss published in Redbook Magazine in the 1950s. [2]
  • Works by or about Dr. Seuss in libraries (WorldCat catalog)