Growing Reader

Dr. Seuss A to Z:
A Gleeful Guide to All Things Seuss

by Devon A. Corneal

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In the spirit of Ted Geisel’s goal to make learning fun, kids nationwide are invited to participate in the first-ever Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge! Kicking off with a Scripp’s National Spelling Bee sponsorship on May 29, the Word Challenge continues until July 31, and is filled with zany, good fun. Not only can participants help contribute to the goal of reaching 20 million Seuss words read, but you can also enter to win a Carnival Cruise for four! Visit for more information and to start tracking your words.

Need some inspiration? Check out our delightful A to Z guide to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. From Bar-ba-loots to Once-ler to Wocket, there are plenty of fun, wacky Dr. Seuss words for all.

And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

A is for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’s first published children’s book.


Brown Bar-ba-loots

B is for Brown Bar-ba-loots, who played in the shade in their bar-ba-loot suits.


Cat in the Hat

C is for the Cat in the Hat, who taught us that “It is fun to have fun/But you have to know how.”



D is for Dartmouth, where Dr. Seuss went to college.


Horton Hatches the Egg

E is for “It’s something brand new! IT’S AN ELEPHANT-BIRD!!”


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F is for forty-four, the number of books for children Dr. Seuss both wrote and illustrated.



G is for Green Eggs and Ham, the Grinch, Gertrude McFuzz, and Gerald McGrew.


Horton the Elephant

H is for Horton, a most thoughtful elephant.


I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one-hundred percent!

I is for “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one-hundred percent!”



J is for Jojo, whose “Yopp!” saves Who-ville.



K is for the Kwuggerbug, a mischievous little creature who bullies poor Horton into bringing him beezlenuts.


The Lorax

L is for the Lorax, who speaks for the trees.


McElligots Pool

M is for McElligot’s Pool.


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N is for nonsense. It “wakes up the brain cells.”



O is for the Once-ler, who made thneeds, which everyone, everyone, everyone needs.


Pulitzer Prize

P is for Pulitzer Prize, which Seuss won in 1984 for his “contribution over nearly a half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”


Queen of Quincy

Q is for the quick Queen of Quincy and her quacking quacker-oo.


 is for reading. Each year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2nd), children and adults gather together to celebrate the joys of reading.


Dr. Seuss

S is for Seuss, which is Theodor Geisel’s pen name. Seuss was his mother’s maiden name and is actually pronounced Zoice.


Thing One and Thing Two

T is for Thing One, Thing Two, and Thing-a-ma-Jigger.


Seuss Unless

U is for unless. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


The Butter Battle Book

V is for Van Itch of Butter Battle fame.


Theres a Wocket in My Pocket

W is for Wocket. Is there one in your pocket?


X is “very useful if your name is Nixie Knox. It also comes in handy spelling ax and extra fox.”


Yertle the Turtle

Y is for Yertle the Turtle, the king of the pond.



Z is for Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz.


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