Happy Birthday to You!

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Happy Birthday to You!
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AuthorDr. Seuss
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
1959 (renewed in 1987)
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
Pages64 pages
Preceded byYertle the Turtle and Other Stories 
Followed byOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 

Happy Birthday to You! is a 1959 children's book by Dr. Seuss, the first all-color picture book.[1]


It deals with a fantastic land called Katroo, where the Birthday Bird throws the reader an amazing party on their special day. It consists of a running description of a fantastical celebration, narrated in the second person, of the reader's birthday, from dawn to late night.

The celebration includes fantastical and colorful gifts, foods and a whirl of activities all arranged by the Birthday Bird for the reader's birthday. It focuses on the reader's self-actualization and concludes with the happy and exhausted reader falling blissfully asleep.

A popular Seuss paragraph in this book reads: "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you".[2]


Although Happy Birthday to You! was not directly adapted, The Birthday Bird appears in an episode of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.[3]

The book is dedicated to the author's "good friends" and "The Children of San Diego County".[4]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss | PenguinRandomHouse.com". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  2. ^ Murphy, Ciara (2015-12-11). "'Oh, the places you'll go!' The best Dr Seuss quotes". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ "Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Season 1, The Birthday Moose". Online Media of Northern Illinois Libraries. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  4. ^ Fensch, Thomas (1997). Of Sneetches and Whos and the Good Dr. Seuss: Essays On the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel. BookBaby. ISBN 9780996315463.