We all grew up reading at least one of Dr. Seuss’ books. While attending undergrad, I had the opportunity to study the now world famous Dr. Seuss. During my study I found out a few interesting facts about him. The first that stood out to me is that Dr. Seuss wasn’t really a doctor. His father had dreams of him practicing medicine, so when he began writing he added the “Dr.” to his pen name in 1956.
The second fact that I will never forget, is that while his books seem humorous and silly there was a hidden meaning behind them. Before kindergarten, each child needs to know a certain number of words. Books are expensive and often we don’t have time to read lengthy novels to our children. Dr. Seuss put each of these words into every book. This way, preschoolers had the opportunity to hear these words, and subconsciously memorize them, giving them a slight head start on their education.
The third and probably most inspiring is that Dr. Seuss was not one to turn away from defeat. His first book was rejected more than 27 times. Turns out the 28th time was the charm, as he now has sold over 600 million books worldwide. This is especially astonishing as it is nearly 30 years after his death.
While I am on my 13th book of the year, I know that reading books is not always everyone’s favorite pastime. To most, such as my children, reading is almost a painful necessity. With the help of iconic authors such as Dr. Seuss, reading and literacy have improved drastically, and for that I am thankful.