Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! (And what kind of doctor was he?)

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. If he were still alive, he would have been 107 years young today!

“Dr. Seuss” was Theodor Geisel’s pen name or pseudonym, which means that he wasn’t really a doctor. It was just a name he decided to use when he wrote something that was published. Authors choose pen names for lots of different reasons. Sometimes they want to hide their identity. Sometimes they don’t like their real name. Or, sometimes they just want a name that is both unusual and easy to remember– like “Lemony Snicket.”

Dr. Seuss supposedly chose his pen name after he got in trouble at school, and the dean of  Dartmouth College told him that he couldn’t work on the school’s humor magazine– “The Jack-o-Lantern”– anymore. Theodor enjoyed writing for the magazine so much that he began publishing his articles under the pen name “Seuss.” Guess the name stuck because that’s who we remember him as today!

In honor of Dr. Seuss, the National Education Association has declared March 2nd as “National Read Across America Day.” Celebrate Dr. Seuss with a book today– or a plate of green eggs and ham. Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?

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