Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to his millions of fans as Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated more than forty-four books. He forever changed the face of children's literature in 1937 with his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
. He was credited with bringing fun into the process of learning to read after he launched Beginner Books with The Cat in the Hat
Long considered a national treasure, Dr. Seuss was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 1984. He received virtually every children's book award, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and three Caldecott Honors for McElligot's Pool
, Bartholomew and the Oobleck
, and If I Ran the Zoo
. In addition, he earned two Emmys and a Peabody Award for his animated television specials.
He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904, and died at his home in La Jolla, California, on September 24, 1991.
-based on biography from Random House
The U.S. Postal Service issued their Theodor Seuss Geisel commemorative stamp on March 2, 2004, the 100th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' birthday, at La Jolla CA 92038.