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10 Best Dr. Seuss Books & Stories for Kids Reviewed in 2019

last updated May 05, 2019

Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved authors of children’s book of all time. His books bring joy to children all over the world. He is one of the best authors when it comes to presenting some tongue twisting rhymes to children in a way that provides them with a meaningful story. Many of the stories present familiar ideas, but what they all have in common is the choice of silly and wonderfully simple, yet complex words and sentences what he uses. This is true to every book that he has written. You could pick up one of his books without a cover and know from the first few pages who the charming author was. We have created a list of the best Dr. Seuss Books and Stories for kids. The countdown begins with 1 and ends with 10, so let the fun begin.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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Encourages kids to read and have a confident attitude

Is a Classic Dr. Seuss story

Wonderful for children aged 6 to 8

Great book for kids just starting to read by themselves

Has the notable Dr. Seuss word rhymes and illustrations

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In depth review top 10
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!
  • Beginner Book Collection
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
  • The Lorax
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection
  • McElligot's Pool
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • What Pet Should I Get?
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises
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10 Best Dr. Seuss Books Reviewed

1. Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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96.7
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Age Range
95
Educational Value
97
Entertainment Value
98
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Encourages kids to read and have a confident attitude

Is a Classic Dr. Seuss story

Wonderful for children aged 6 to 8

Great book for kids just starting to read by themselves

Has the notable Dr. Seuss word rhymes and illustrations

Some complaints of books arriving damaged

What better phrase to encourage reading and an optimistic outlook on life than “The more you read the more places you will go, the more places you go the more things you will learn,” which is Dr Seuss’s constructive advice in Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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For older Dr. Seuss readers who are six to nine years old, this Classic Dr. Seuss story teaches about the highs and lows of life and how to strive for personal success. With such iconic phrases such as, “brains in your head and the feet in your shoes…you can steer yourself in any direction you choose,” Dr. Seuss explains how kids should have a positive attitude when facing a new life challenge.

Educational Value

Reading books a great way to exercise the brain. Providing kids with books like these ones with tongue twisting rhymes is a great way to exercise their minds. Reading is a complex task that provides an engaging experience that promotes the development of aspiring little minds and also builds new connections.

Entertainment Value

Charming with its sing-song verses and intriguing drawings, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a very positive and informative directive for kids. Children should enjoy perusing this book alone or with an adult at this age level, but even younger kids will love to hear the story read aloud as they begin their journey into the world of Dr. Seuss.

2. Beginner Book Collection

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96.7
Beginner Book Collection
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96
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97
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97
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Five total classic books

All books are designed for beginning readers

Stories still offer some challenges and varied levels

All books are beautiful, colorfully illustrated

All hardcovers and all come in a protective sleeve to keep them together

The paper is thin; you can see some of the artwork’s color bleeding through on the other side faintly

The Beginner Book Collection includes The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks. Join the brother and sister as they try to salvage their house in the midst of the Cat in the Hat’s magical demolition act. Count your creatures and numbers to help little ones with categorizing. Consider whether Green Eggs and Ham might seem palatable, join the baby bear and his dad as they work their way through larger words, or try to wrap your mind around the dense, ridiculous rhymes of the Fox in Socks.

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This collection makes it easy to start young readers on the path to loving literacy. These five books have been hand-picked as some of beginners’ favorites, and all come bound beautifully in a protective cover. It’s the perfect starter set for little Seuss lovers.

Educational Value

This collection of books is specifically designed to help beginning readers work their way through tricky sounds and letter combinations via a fun, predictable rhyme scheme. Join these classic, well-loved characters on their journeys, and take turns reading their stories as a family.

Entertainment Value

If you know you’ve got a Dr. Seuss enthusiast on your hands, don’t waste time or money tracking down and buying all the separate Beginners’ Books. This collection has five of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved classics, all packaged neatly together and waiting for your family to dive in.

3. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

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96.3
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
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Has interesting, exquisite characters

Highlights the wonders of the human imagination

Includes memorable phrases for kids to learn

Great for kids aged 5 to 8

Is one of the Classic Beginner Books in the series

Word choice can be puzzling to a few readers

With the Snuvs, Zong, Bloogs, and Jiboos, Dr. Seuss takes the young reader to the many places of the vivid imagination in Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! This story encourages kids to think while they relish the gorgeous, colorful illustrations provided by the author.

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As a Beginner Book for the five to eight age group, it makes a wonderful first story for those just venturing out on their own in the reading realm. The sing-song advice from Dr. Seuss such as, “think left and think right and think low and think high; Oh, the Thinks you can think up if only you try,” will not only entice children to read but to remember the rhythmic, fun-to-say words.

Educational Value

Tongue twisting and mind bending the thoughts that you think when reading this book provide kids with improved language skills and increases their vocabulary. Children are able to learn new words when they read. Each time that they read the word subconsciously they are absorbing that information and will be able to identify that word easier next time.

Entertainment Value

All of Dr Seuss characters are fun and exciting, but the zany, wild creatures in this story are just out of this world! This book will be enjoyed and read again and again because of the imagination that Dr Seuss put in it to spur a child’s own imagination.

4. The Lorax

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The Lorax
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Perfect for ages six to nine

Promotes independent reading skills

One of the Hardcover Classics from Dr. Seuss

Teaches environmentally friendly ideas

Uses unique characters and names to tell the story

May put too much emphasis on a serious issue at a young age for kids

This Hardcover Classic Seuss story was Dr. Seuss’s favorite book of all the stories he wrote because with it he was able to talk about environmental responsibility to children. Using the Lorax creature as the defender of the Truffala trees and the Brown Bar-ba-loots, children become aware that the care our fragile atmosphere is up to us.

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The Lorax communicates to kids "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." This story composed of wild names and creatures only Dr. Seuss could dream up was first printed in 1972 and is most appropriate for the reading ages of six to nine years old. Purchase this fabulous book of verse and rhyme to educate your youngster about environmental awareness.

Educational Value

The Lorax is a tale of loving the environment and, in general, loving the world that we live in. This is a great story for kids to read on their own to improve their reading skills, but also great to read as a family for a positive and encouraging message.

Entertainment Value

Important topics that impact our world, like the care of our environment, need to be addressed to children early in life. The Lorax does this beautifully and with such intriguing personalities.

5. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

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95.7
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
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Is one of the Beginner Books

Perfect for 6 to 8-year-olds

Easy enough for kids to read on their own

Teaches upbeat vision and hopefulness

Superb pictures and exciting word choices

One parent had issues with the confusing words for their child

As Dr. Seuss says, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere,” which demonstrates the endless capabilities of human ingenuity. This story was originally published in 1960 and is still going strong today. It is a fantastic, fantasy book of two kids, Jay and Kay, and their many animal friends that beginning readers can enjoy all by themselves.

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Having sold millions of copies of this Beginner Book for six to eight-year-olds, Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish has enthralled generations with its charm and attention-grabbing wit. With the unforgettable characters of Zans, Gox, and Yink, this book explores the many wonders and possibilities of the imagination.

Educational Value

When children are exposed to reading it is a time that they are asked to sit still and listen. This is a time that they are quiet and calm. Promoting this experience allows kids to be able to improve their concentration and over time it will allow them to increase the time. The more time that kids are read to the better their concentration skills will become.

Entertainment Value

Dr Seuss stories always have that constant positive outlook for children to enjoy today, but to forever look forward to the future, as in this quotation from this book, “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

6. Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection

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95.7
Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection
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93
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97
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97
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Set of beginner collection from a famous author, Dr. Seuss

Collection includes five classic books

Included; The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

Leaves readers with the last impression

Engages young readers to boost early literacy

Box that set comes in is not sturdy

Labeled as beginner books, more advanced beginner readers

Books are a great way to get kids engaged in reading at an early age especially when the books are fun and provide them with an experience that is engaging and well, downright silly. This set of books is the second in the series and is a gift that will leave your little reader with a lasting impression.

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When children are read to from a very early age they are provided with the skill set that allows them to become early readers. The more children are exposed to books and learning how to read the better than will become at it. Practice makes perfect and what better way to practice than spending some quality time with a great set of books from a classic author.

Educational Value

Great set of books that includes all the books that are the classics. Easy to pick up with all the books coming in a boxed shelve. Great presentation as well.

Entertainment Value

It is a set of books from the beloved author, Dr. Seuss. The set includes classic books; The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, plus I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! This is the perfect set of books to give for any occasion. Whether their birthday is coming up or you just want to give them something special this set will provide them with a lasting impression that you will be happy that you were able to provide them with. The adventure starts with the words and lasts a lifetime.

7. McElligot's Pool

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95.3
McElligot's Pool
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Award-winning work of art (graphics and story)

Good for kids ages 6 to 9

Great for independent reading

Is one of the Hardcover Classic books in the series

Encourages imagination and persistence

A few noted grievances of damaged books

In McElligot’s Pool, children meet the character Marco again, who was in a previous Dr. Seuss story. Here Marco dreams as he fishes in the pool, even though he is told by others that he will never catch anything there. True to Dr. Seuss’s uplifting morals, he advises in the book, “Cause you never can tell. What goes on down below! This pool might be bigger. Than you or I know!”

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This masterpiece won the Reader’s Choice Award three years after its first publication in 1947. It was also the first Dr. Seuss book to have full-color illustrations on every page. McElligot’s Pool is one of the Hardcover Dr. Seuss Classics that kids aged six to nine should be able to read on their own, or with very little help.

Educational Value

Let their imagination run wild with this book. Reading books like this imagination builder allows children to explore and develop their imagination. As kids read their brain is able to translate the story into pictures. The more they engage in this activity the more vivid their imagination will become.

Entertainment Value

Teaching kids to dream the impossible and to never give up on those dreams was Dr Seuss’s goal in McElligot’s Pool. As the author knew very well, without our dreams, we quickly lose sight of who we really are and who we can become.

8. The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat
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96
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Colorful, engaging cast of characters

Easy rhyme scheme

Only 220 words total

Bright, silly pictures

Classic book; pop culture staple

Check the dimensions on which option you’re ordering; some of the books are roughly 5 inches tall, making them difficult to read, and hard for children to handle

The Cat in the Hat was actually a response to a 1957 backlash within children’s literature. Critics claimed that too many stories about prim, clean, well-behaved little boys and girls were boring their readers, and as such, children were behind in their literacy skills. Up for the challenge, Dr. Seuss created the world of the Cat in the Hat.

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This book features simple, often monosyllabic rhyme schemes that are perfect for early readers. Additionally, the bright, wacky pictures and the fun, impish characters will have children enthralled and giggling from start to finish.

Educational Value

It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of The Cat in the Hat. This book is time-tested and one of Dr. Seuss’ most well-known hits. The characters are fun, full of trouble, and easy to follow along with, and the basic rhyme scheme helps children sound out their words and predict as they go.

Entertainment Value

The narrator and his sister Sally are stuck indoors on a rainy day and bored out of their skulls until the Cat in the Hat arrives. Various misadventures follow, getting increasingly messy until the children and their fish are in a panic. Just before their mother comes home, the Cat and his companions Thing 1 and Thing 2 produce a magic machine that cleans the house so that it’s spotless just as mom arrives.

9. What Pet Should I Get?

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What Pet Should I Get?
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Is part of the Hardcover Classic Series of books

Appropriate for kids ages 6 to 9

Teaches hard facts about making life choices

Introduces new challenging words to older Seuss readers

Features reoccurring Dr. Seuss characters

One reviewer stated that the story content may pose decision problems too early in a child’s life

With this story, Dr. Seuss highlights the difficulty in making choices in childhood. The brother and sister of What Pet Should I Get? are the same personalities in One Fish Red Fish Two Fish Blue Fish. Here they try to choose a pet together. Their parents only allow them one choice, so this story emphasizes the importance of making great choices at an early age. “If we do not choose one, we will end up with NONE,” so say the characters.

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This is a Hardcover Classic Dr. Seuss book perfect for ages six to nine. It makes a fantastic gift for any occasion for that extraordinary child that is enjoying independent reading.

Educational Value

Engaging with your little one by reading to them is a great way to be able to spend time with them. When you spend time with kids’ reading books you are able to provide them with an experience that engages them in quality time. Spending quality time with the special little person in your life increases the bond you have and allows them to become more confident.

Entertainment Value

Making decisions at any age is hard. However, Dr Seuss knows just how to explain the importance of making good choices even to children with What Pet Should I Get?

10. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises

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93.7
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises
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92
Educational Value
94
Entertainment Value
95
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Great to read to infants and up to 3 years old

Part of the Bright & Early Board Book series

Teaches and illustrates normal and unique noises

Promotes quality time with children

Wonderful gift item for fun and laughter

A few criticisms of book damages

Mr. Brown of Mr. Brown Can You Moo, Can You will make children laugh as they read along in this merry book of sounds. Everyday noises such as an owl or a bee are illustrated and described, as well as some that are only from Dr. Seuss’s extraordinary imagination. He explains the sounds of a hippo chewing gum and a goldfish kiss among other super funny noises for your child to imitate with glee.

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The words are easy to learn and the rhythm is memorable of this Bright & Early Board Book just right for infants to three-year-olds. Begin your child’s reading abilities with an early start from Dr. Seuss and Mr. Brown’s collection of fantastic sounds.

Educational Value

Reading is a wonderful way that you can promote achievements in all subjects in school. Reading is just not one subject. It covers a valuable skill that allows children to become successful across all school subjects.

Entertainment Value

Kids love to repeat sounds that they hear because some of them are very funny to sound out. Dr Seuss’s book of sounds provides not only the usual but some fantastic make-believe concoctions that are uniquely Dr Seuss.

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Age Range

Each level of the different books graduates kids to the next reading odyssey of skills to master. At the highest stage of the books, the Hardcover Classics, children should be reading independently to themselves or to others. Kids 6 to 9 years of age are most comfortable with these Classic books. The Beginner Books and the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library stories are most-suited to children who are 5 to 8 years old. This is where the confidence to read learned words self-sufficiently starts. Ages 3 to 6 can fully enjoy the Bright & Early Books because matching the verbal sounds of words and the printed words happens in the stage. The books at this level are best read by an older person to the child as they look at the words and the fantastic color pictures. The Bright & Early Board Books and the Nursery Collection are to be read to children in the age range of birth to 3 years old.

Educational Value

Every single Dr. Seuss book and story has at least one moral or life lesson in it that makes it a unique teaching tool. Abilities such as independent thought, determination, self-actualization, perseverance, and responsibility are expressed in the timeless, written treasures of Dr. Seuss. Along the path of learning through his books, kids are at the same time developing great reading skills and partaking of the exquisite drawings that explain the rhyming, fun phrases to young readers.

Entertainment Value

Dr. Seuss believed that reading should not only be educational but most of all enjoyable. Some wise words the author left for all to understand, “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted,” are a credit to his monumental literary legacy.

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Parents, Did You Know?

There are six levels of the Dr. Seuss Book series. They are Hardcover Classics, Beginner Books, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, Bright & Early Books, Bright & Early Board Books, and Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection. The stories are sorted based on the age level of the reader. Each is different in word choice, sentence structure, and story length.

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As children gain reading skills with Dr. Seuss stories, their confidence levels increase because they are aware of their success in reading by themselves. Vocabulary increases and then full sentences are read in their entirety. The illustrations are not just to decorate the books either. They add immensely to the child’s understanding of the written words, so they can visualize the action of the plot.

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Sensory Stimulation

Kids enjoy the gorgeous pictures and the verbal, rhyming delight of the words as the stories are read numerous times. The pages of the board books are thicker than regular book pages to entice little kids to turn the pages themselves. Thus, teaching with the physical book demonstrates exactly how a story is read from cover to cover.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Which Dr. Seuss book should I give for a present to a child who is 6 years old?

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All of the Dr. Seuss books are divided into categories for different age levels. For a 6-year-old, look for books on any of the levels except the Bright & Early Board Books and the Nursery Collection. Those are for infants to 3-year-old kids.

q: Why do the Dr. Seuss books contain words that are made up and not in dictionaries? This could be confusing for kids just learning words in the English language.

a:

he invented words of Dr. Seuss should not be a problem for kids just learning how to read. Most of the words are spelled exactly how they sound, so they encourage children to sound out words they do not know. It is a brilliant teaching mechanism that kids can utilize throughout their reading lives. Besides, those unique words make the stories what they are and the reason they have been so popular with parents and kids since the 1950s.

q: Did Dr. Seuss illustrate the books himself as well as write them too?

a:

Yes, he wrote the stories and drew the graphics for all of his books, except for one. That story is My Book About Me. Dr. Seuss was a truly gifted educator of small people.

q: Which of all the Dr. Seuss books was the very first one he wrote and published?

a:

The first book that Dr. Seuss wrote was The Cat in the Hat, which was publicly printed in 1957. It contained 236 words that are suitable for first graders to be able to read comfortably by themselves. The story was a breakthrough in reading material for kids.

q: Which Dr. Seuss books will improve the vocabulary of a child who is reading already?

a:

Any of the Dr. Seuss Hardcover Classics, such as McElligot’s Pool or what Pet Should I Get, has challenging words for the ages 6 to 9 years of age. The stories tend to push the young reader to accept harder material in order to increase overall reading abilities.

q: Which book would be a good book to give for a newborn baby? I want to start their child’s library with a really good book the parents can read to the infant.

a:

Any book in the Bright & Early Board Books, such as Are You My Mother? or the Nursery Collection would make great choices.

Sources

  1. Bex Frankeberger , Why Reading Dr. Seuss Is So Good For Your Child’s Development, Blog Article
  2. The Children’s Book Review, 5 Reasons to Love Dr. Seuss, Online Article
  3. Lydia Denworth, The Neurobiology of Dr. Seuss, Informative Article
  4. Author Unknown, How Reading Dr. Seuss to Your Kids Benefits them for Life, News Article