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The Best Dr. Seuss Books

Updated February 5, 2018 9.1k votes 1.1k voters 19.2k views52 items

List RulesAll Dr. Seuss books ranked best to worst

What are the best Dr. Seuss books? Every book written by the brilliant Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) is a wonderful book. Seuss penned, and illustrated, many of the greatest children's books of all time. They are excellent books to read to your kids, too. Everyone, it seems, has at least one favorite. What is yours? Vote for the Dr. Seuss books you like the most, and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose.

At what age do kids begin reading Dr. Seuss books? Many parents start reading Seuss books to their children before the kiddos even know how to read. The books are whimsical, lyrical and a truly wonderful way to introduce kids to the magic of reading, after all. Dr. Seuss's nursery collection books are some of the best board books for babies and toddlers.

As kids learn to read, they'll likely love tackling some "grown up" hardcover Dr. Seuss books. They might already be familiar with the stories, and they'll love the familiarity. Dr. Seuss's greatest books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and certainly Horton Hears a Who! are all worth revisiting, time and time again. When is the best time for a child to read Dr. Seuss? Any time. Green Eggs and Ham, for example, is without question an excellent book for first graders, but some younger children might be ready to read it much earlier.

It's really hard to pick favorites when it comes to Dr. Seuss books, but let's give it a try: Vote for the best, vote down any books you don't like and yes, add any that might be missing, too. After you're done voting, head on over and check out the best board games for kids aged 7-12!

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling and critically acclaimed children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960. As of 2001, according to Publishers Weekly, it was the fourth...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsCat, Anthropomorphism

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957. The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat, who wears...  more

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children's story by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. It follows the Grinch, a grouchy, solitary creature who...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children's book by Dr. Seuss. It is a simple rhyming book for beginning readers, with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl and the many amazing...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsConsumerism, Ecology, Knitting, Environmentalism

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Lorax is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. As in...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsInternationalism

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Horton Hears a Who! is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel under the name Dr. Seuss and published in 1954 by Random House. It is the second Dr. Seuss book to feature...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a book written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. It was first published by Random House on January 22, 1990, making it his last book published in his...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fox in Socks is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1965. It features two main characters, Fox and Knox, who speak almost entirely in densely rhyming tongue-twisters. The book in some...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    There's a Wocket in My Pocket is a short children's book by Dr. Seuss. It features a little boy talking about what strange creatures live in his house, such as the yeps on the steps, the nooth grush...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsAnti-racism

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Sneetches and Other Stories is a collection of stories by American author Dr. Seuss, published in 1961. It is composed of four separate stories, "The Sneetches", "The Zax", "Too Many Daves", and...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsRhyme, Reading

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Hop on Pop is a book by Dr. Seuss....  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Horton Hatches the Egg is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and published in 1940 by Random House. The book tells the story of Horton the...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is Theodor Geisel's first children's book. It was published under the pen name Dr. Seuss. First published by Vanguard Press in 1937, the story follows a...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    SubjectsAnti-fascism, Anti-authoritarianism

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories is a picture book collection by Theodor Seuss Geisel, published under his more commonly known pseudonym of Dr. Seuss. It was first released by Random House Books...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Poetry, Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1968. The Foot Book is intended for young children, and it seeks to convey the...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    If I Ran the Zoo is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss in 1950. The book is written in anapestic tetrameter, Seuss's usual verse type, and illustrated in Seuss's trademark pen and ink style. The...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a 1949 book by Dr. Seuss. It follows the adventures of a young boy named Bartholomew, who must rescue his kingdom from a sticky substance called "oobleck". The book is...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book is a 1962 children's book by Dr. Seuss. This book begins with a small bug, named Van Vleck, yawning. This yawn spreads and then the book follows various creatures, including...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is a children's book, written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and published by Vanguard Press in 1938. Unlike the majority of...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    If I Ran the Circus is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, published in 1956 by Random House. Like The Cat in the Hat, or the more political Yertle the Turtle, If I Ran the Circus develops a theme of...  more
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    AuthorDr. Seuss

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew is a 1965 children's book by Dr. Seuss. The story features classic Seuss rhymes and drawings in his distinctive pen and ink style....  more
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List Rules: All Dr. Seuss books ranked best to worst