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. Note only first edition information is given.

Title Year Publisher
The Pocket Book of Boners 1931 Viking Press
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.
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street 1937 Vanguard Press
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.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins 1938 Vanguard Press
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.
The Seven Lady Godivas 1939 Random House
The seven Lady Godivas each learn a moral while taking care of a horse.
The King's Stilts 1939 Random House
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.
Horton Hatches the Egg 1940 Random House
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.
McElligot's Pool 1947 Random House
A Caldecott Honor Book. 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 use paintings as the medium for its illustrations, rather than his common use of pen and ink.
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose 1948 Random House
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.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck 1949 Random House
A Caldecott Honor Book. Bartholomew must rescue his kingdom from a sticky substance called oobleck. A sequel to The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
If I Ran the Zoo 1950 Random House
A Caldecott Honor Book. 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.
Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 Random House
A young boy named Peter T. Hooper spins a tale of an incredible meal he created by harvesting the eggs of fantastically exotic birds.
Horton Hears a Who! 1954 Random House
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. Adapted into a feature length CGI film.
On Beyond Zebra! 1955 Random House
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.
If I Ran the Circus 1956 Random House
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.
The Cat in the Hat 1957 Random House/Houghton Mifflin
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. Adapted into a 2003 feature-length film
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 Random House
The Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature tries to steal everything related to Christmas by impersonating Santa Claus. Eventually he realizes he has a heart for Christmas after all. Adapted into a 1966 television special and a 2000 feature-length film
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back 1958 Random House
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.
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories 1958 Random House
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.
Happy Birthday to You! 1959 Random House
Deals with a fantastic land, called Katroo, where the Birthday Bird throws everyone an amazing party on their special day.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish 1960 Random House
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.
Green Eggs and Ham 1960 Random House
Sam-I-am consistently pesters an unnamed character (who is also the narrator) to try green eggs and ham. The unnamed character refuses to eat the food, insisting that he would not like it until the end.
The Sneetches and Other Stories 1961 Random House
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.
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book 1962 Random House
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.
Dr. Seuss's ABC 1963 Random House
An alphabet book which features many strange creatures from the Aunt Annie's Alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz.
Hop on Pop 1963 Random House
Hop on Pop provides simple rhymes to help beginner reading, such as a character named Pat who sits on a hat, a cat, a bat and must not sit on that (which is a cactus). Shows a variety of characters and teaches sentence composition.
Fox in Socks 1965 Random House
Mr. Fox challenges Mr. Knox with rhyming tongue-twisters, which begins to get on Knox's nerves.
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew 1965 Random House
A tale of a young person who discovers the "troubles" of life and wishes to escape them.
The Cat in the Hat Song Book 1967 Random House
A book exploring a wide variety of Dr. Seuss songs. Piano Score and Guitar Chords by Eugene Poddany
The Foot Book 1968 Random House
Introduces many different creatures with different feet.
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories 1969 Random House
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.
My Book about ME 1969 Random House
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 wrote but didn't illustrate.
I Can Draw It Myself 1970 Random House
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.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! 1970 Random House
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.
The Lorax 1971 Random House
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.
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 Random House
Marvin K. Mooney is asked to leave in many ways.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 Random House
Discusses an amusing litany of terrible predicaments which could befall a person, with the repeated admonishment that "you're really quite lucky".
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff 1973 Random House
Explores the adventures of two kids and their journey to learn about all the shapes and sizes that make up our world.
There's a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 Random House
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.
Great Day for Up! 1974 Random House
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.
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 Random House
About the many amazing 'thinks' one can think and the endless possibilities and dreams that imagination can create.
The Cat's Quizzer 1976 Random House
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.
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 Random House
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.
Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 Random House
A collection of 25 tongue-twisters such as "Oh my brothers! Oh my sisters! These are Terrible Tongue Twisters!" The last Beginner Books entry illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
Hunches in Bunches 1982 Random House
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.
The Butter Battle Book 1984 Random House
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.
You're Only Old Once! 1986 Random House
An old man journeys through a clinic and sees its inefficiency.
I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! 1987 Random House
A lazy boy chooses 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.
The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough 1987 William Morrow & Co
A collection of Dr. Seuss' early writings and cartoons, edited by Richard Marschall.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! 1990 Random House
The last book published before Dr. Seuss' death, about life and its challenges.

Posthumous[edit]

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

Title Year Publisher
Daisy-Head Mayzie 1995 Random House
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. Book not illustrated by Geisel.
My Many Colored Days 1996 Alfred A. Knopf
A rhyming story, written in 1973, which describes each day in a particular color which is in turn associated with a specific emotion. Book paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go! 1997 [3] Life Favors/Random House
A story meant to be read to babies in utero, bringing a large number of Dr. Seuss characters to print, showing the baby all the creatures and adventures they will get to meet and experience once they are born. It is considered a "baby-fied version" of "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" [4]

Original release was a mini version. It is scheduled to be re-released in a regular sized hardcover format on July 28, 2015 to coincide with the release of "What Pet Should I Get?, the newest Seuss book scheduled for release.[3][4] Adapted by Tish Rabe from the works of Dr. Seuss.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! 1998 Random House
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.
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories 2011 Random House
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." Book introduction by Charles D. Cohen.
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories 2014 Random House
Four more stories originally published in Redbook from 1950 to 1955: "Horton and the Kwuggerbug" (January, 1951); "Marco Comes Late" (September, 1950); "How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town" (October, 1950); and "The Hoobub and the Grinch" (May, 1955). Book introduction by Charles D. Cohen.
What Pet Should I Get? 2015[5] Random House
A story written sometime between 1958 and 1962, featuring the same brother and sister from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Book manuscript and illustrations were rediscovered by Audrey Geisel in 2013.

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 Year Illustrator
Ten Apples Up on Top! 1961 Roy McKie
Three animals, a lion, a dog, and a tiger, who consistently pile apples on their heads for fun.
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet 1965 B Tobey
A boy wishes that he could have many different animal and mechanical body parts, finding fantastic uses for each.
Come over to My House 1966 Richard Erdoes
(illustrated to Michael K. Frith)
The illustrations of this book portray the various styles of homes that kids from around the world live in.
The Eye Book 1968
1999
Roy McKie
Joe Mathieu
I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself 1971 Roy McKie
In a People House 1972 Roy McKie
A mouse shows a bird all the amazing things one can find in the everyday home.
Wacky Wednesday 1974 George Booth
Shows the adventures of a kid and how he learns to cope with an abnormal day.
The Many Mice of Mr. Brice
a.k.a. The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice
1974 Roy McKie
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? 1975 Roy McKie
Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! 1976
2006
Charles E. Martin
Scott Nash
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.
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! 1977 Art Cummings
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! 1980 Michael J. Smollin
Exposes the reader to many different types of careers.
The Tooth Book 1981
2000
Roy McKie
Joe Mathieu
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.
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!! 1975 Michael K. Frith
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.

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.

# Title Release date
1 Horton Hatches the Egg April 11, 1942
2 The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins April 30, 1943
3 And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street July 28, 1944
4 Your Job in Germany 1945
5 Our Job in Japan 1945
6 Private Snafu 1943
7 Design for Death[6] 1947
8 Gerald McBoing-Boing November 2, 1950
9 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T July 1, 1953

Feature film adaptations[edit]

# Title Release date RT Gross
1 How the Grinch Stole Christmas November 17, 2000 53% $345.1 million[7]
2 The Cat in the Hat November 21, 2003 10% $134 million[8]
3 Horton Hears a Who! March 14, 2008 79% $297.1 million[9]
4 The Lorax March 2, 2012 54% $348.8 million[10]

Musicals[edit]

Television[edit]

Specials[edit]

# Title Release date
1 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! December 18, 1966
2 Horton Hears a Who! March 19, 1970
3 The Cat in the Hat March 10, 1971
4 The Lorax February 14, 1972
5 Dr. Seuss on the Loose October 15, 1973
6 The Hoober-Bloob Highway February 19, 1975
7 Halloween Is Grinch Night October 29, 1977
8 Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? May 2, 1980
9 The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat May 20, 1982
10 The Butter Battle Book November 13, 1989
11 In Search of Dr. Seuss November 6, 1994
12 Daisy-Head Mayzie January 31, 1995

Series[edit]

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show 1956 1957 CBS
2 The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss October 13, 1996 December 28, 1997 Nickelodeon
3 Gerald McBoing-Boing August 22, 2005 November 28, 2007 Teletoon
Cartoon Network
4 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! September 6, 2010 present PBS Kids
5 Green Eggs and Ham[11] 2018 N/A Netflix

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]

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. ^ a b "Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!". Amazon. February 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' 'Oh, The Places You'll Go!' turns 25". CNN. January 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "A New Dr. Seuss Book is Out Today". Time. July 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Morgan, Judith; Morgan, Neil (1995). Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel. Random House. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0-679-41686-2. 
  7. ^ How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Box Office Mojo
  8. ^ The Cat in the Hat - Box Office Mojo
  9. ^ Horton Hears a Who! - Box Office Mojo
  10. ^ Dr. Seuss' The Lorax - Box Office Mojo
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 29, 2015). "Netflix Picks Up ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Animated Series From Ellen DeGeneres". Deadline. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 

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)