sixty-one: a letter for Dr. Suess

March 2nd would have been the 107th birthday of the talented Dr. Suess. I’d be willing to bet I have the full collection of his forty-four children’s books in my parent’s attic. I couldn’t get enough of The Cat In The Hat as a kid. And to this day, I maintain The Cat In The Hat Comes Back is still the best sequel I know. Happy Birthday Theodor Suess Geisel!

March 2, 2011

Dear Dr. Suess,

I don’t know if I can give you all the credit for teaching me how to read (I think my kindergarten teacher and my parents would feel a bit slighted) but I must give you some. The Cat In The Hat was the first book I read cover to cover—no memorization like Goodnight Moon, the perennial favorite of my pre-school days. I thought you were so clever, rhyming all the time and thinking up these completely fantastic places like Who-ville. My imagination ran wild! And all the while I was learning these wonderful little lessons, like “Oh the things you can think up if only you try!”

I think its only right that your birthday is also the annual date for National Read Across America Day. Reading was one of my favorite pastimes as a child and now I wish I had more time to get lost between the pages of a good novel. Thanks for starting me off right. You played a big role in my love of reading and for that, I am forever indebted. Tall striped hats off to you!




  1. Syena says


    I sincerly love this letter in particular, “Goodnight Moon” was one of my favorites as a child. I now have a young daughter and I buy alot of Einstein books but believe I need to go back to the basics.

    Peace and Blessings,

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