American children's author and illustrator Theodore Geisel lived from 1904-1991. While attending Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford, he adopted the penname Dr. Seuss, which he used throughout his career. Though he published his first children's book in 1937, it wasn't until after World War II that Dr. Seuss started to become a household name. In the '40s and '50s, he penned such classics as Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Other famous stories he wrote later in his career include Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss is remembered for helping get young kids excited about reading, and his birthday is recognized as National Read Across America Day. During his life and after his death, he was honored with Academy Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dr. Seuss' stories have become pop culture phenomena over the last several decades. They have been adapted into TV specials, feature-length movies, and even a Broadway musical. More than 600 million copies of his books have been sold, and they've been translated into more than 20 different languages.
Books continue to be the top-selling Dr. Seuss products around the world--fitting, because the author was so committed to fostering a love of reading among young children. He published more than 60 books during his lifetime, with some being more well-known than others. In terms of toys, you can find a variety of puzzles and board games based on Dr. Seuss characters. Action figures and plush toys are also available in the shapes of memorable inhabitants of the Seuss universe, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, the Lorax, and more. Home décor items and schools supplies also feature nods to some of the author's best-loved books.
Clothing items for kids are available in an array of sizes. Starting with apparel for babies and toddlers, you'll find onesies, bibs, sleepers, pajama sets, and more. Graphic tees and sweatshirts come in sizes for kids as well as adults--proving that no one is ever too old for Dr. Seuss. In terms of holiday options, Halloween costumes allow fans of the books to dress up as their favorite characters. You'll also find plenty of items themed toward the Grinch when Christmastime comes around.
Most of the popular franchise-related brands available today are based on TV shows and movies, so it's refreshing to see that Dr. Seuss still strikes a chord with young people. Generations of kids have grown up having Dr. Seuss stories read to them, and many children learned to read using the classic books. In addition to being age-appropriate, these stories stretch readers' imaginations and frequently have morals that resonate universally. Merchandise based on Dr. Seuss is typically fun and colorful with an innocence that harkens back to a simpler time. We give Dr. Seuss 5 stars out of 5.