In 1954, Life magazine published a startling report on illiteracy among American school children called "Why Johnny Can't Read," which placed part of the blame on boring children's books. In response, Random House and Houghton Mifflin quickly commissioned a young author and illustrator named Theodore Geisel to create a new vocabulary primer that would inspire and excite its readers. The result was The Cat in the Hat and the transformation of Ted Geisel into Dr. Seuss.
During his 53-year career, Dr. Seuss became one of the most beloved authors of children's books. His clever use rhyme, humor, and colorful illustrations continue to entertain and educate readers, young and old alike. His books have sold over 220 million copies and have been translated into 15 languages.
Dozens of his books have been animated and are widely available on video and DVD, including The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, The Hoober Bloob Highway, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The playful narration in many of the videos is courtesy of the celebrity voices of John Cleese, Dustin Hoffman, and Billy Crystal, among others.
For more information on Dr. Seuss, visit the official website Seussville.