“You have brains in your head. Feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any a direction you choose.”- Dr.Seuss

Unique, silly and generously brilliant are only a few words and phrases that describes the masterpieces that beloved children's author Dr.Seuss created.

With schools all over Stark County celebrating the quirky author's 111th birthday – almost 24 years of his passing – it’s a reminder of the impact he had on children’s literature. The celebrations were evident of the pivotal role Seuss continues to play in children's literature.

“Dr.Seuss' works are so universally loved,” principle of Sauder Elementary John Reindel said. “If you go through the school you will see posters of Dr.Suess. You go to the library (and) you see books from Dr.Suess. If you use different websites you see Dr.Suess characters. Everything he has created is so common and prevalent to our world. Dr.Seuss is everywhere you go and you wonder, why? And I would say there are a few reasons.”

5  WAYS DR. SEUSS INSPIRES READERS TODAY


1. CREATVITY.

Dr.Seuss’ imagination is contagious. To this day, Seuss allows children to harnss imagination through his wondrous books. He creates unique characters and words for children to discover and helps their learning by insisting they discover their own inner weirdness.

“I think his stories are very unique and creative,” Reindel said. “Students, as well as adults, read those and they see creatures and characters and even words that they have never seen before. His stories are very creative and appealing in that way.”

2. RHYMES.

Seuss is the king of rhyming. His rhythmic, creative approach to literature is what made the cartoonist stand out among other children's books authors. Rhyming and repetition became a way for children to understand literature and work on writing skills.

“‘Cat and the Hat,’ I would say, is the number one popular book for rhyming,” First-grade Sauder Elementary school teacher Michelle Neheln said. “Dr.Seuss really has been a contributing factor to children's understanding of words, adjectives and literature.”

3. PRONUNCIATION.

Although some of Dr.Seuss' strange words may not always be the most normal words to pronounce, his vibrant vocabulary helps children with pronunciation.

Many of the Dr.'s books are set up in a rhyming, poetic chain that can essentially be a tool for practicing pronunciation. In almost all of his stories, the last word of the previous sentence will rhyme and make the same pronunciation sound as the last word in the next sentence. Dr.Seuss sets it up to where it is easier for a child to figure out how to properly say the word using the rhyming technique.

4. LIFE LESSONS.

There is no doubt that Seuss has taught children the ABCs and 123s, but he elegantly teaches children (and adults) about life lessons. Everything from gratitude to the profound wonders of the universe are explored in his works.

“The themes he writes about are universally powerful themes and messages,” Reindel said. “If you look at the story ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ it is a powerful story about transformation from the character's heart. Often times the themes are very powerful.”

Nelhen also had a few lessons to mention that Dr.Seuss teaches children.

“In ‘The Cat in the Hat’ a lot of kids discover different lessons to be learned,” Nelhen said. “For instance, never let a stranger in or being honest with your parents when they ask you something...”

5. BE YOU!

Seuss’ works have taught children the importance on being true to yourself.

“One of the stories we read this past week , ‘Bartholomew and the Oobleck,’ talks about a lesson on being happy with what you have,” Nelhen said. “In many of Dr.Seuss stories he talks about accepting others and being yourself.”