Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! OR How Dr. Seuss Taught Me to Pay it Forward!

March 1, 2018 | Jennifer K

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Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, which got me to remembering: Like most kids of the eighties, my mother used Dr. Seuss books to teach me how to read. I desperately tried to dye my eggs green (don’t get me started on the ham),

Green Eggs and Ham

was well versed in interloper cats,

The Cat in the Hat

multicoloured talking fish,

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

and tongue twisted with foxes wearing gloriously coloured socks.

Fox in Socks

What I didn’t expect was a resurgence in my twenties. You see, I started university with stars in my eyes, thinking it was going to be a piece of cake. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. I was lost. A good friend of mine, having seen me struggle that year, gifted me with a beautifully written Dr. Seuss book called Oh, the Places You’ll Go! She had been given this book when she graduated high school, with the instructions to give it to a friend who would appreciate the message.

Oh The Places You'll Go

Published in 1990, it was Seuss’s last book published in his lifetime, and has to do with a young boy facing many hardships that people often face through their own lives. My favourite quote that brought me strength was this:


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

Any direction you choose.


The reason I am focusing on this book for this blog is simple. Books are brain food. They teach vocabulary, concepts, and make us laugh. They entertain us. They teach the reader how to empathize, and they comfort us when we think no one understands.   

Why not make a trek to your local library and meet the children's librarian? He or she can direct you to:

  1. The parenting section – books that answer your burning parenting questions.
  2. The advanced picture book section – books with a developed plot and harder vocabulary – where many Dr. Seuss books can be found!

In case you were wondering, my story has a happy ending. I became a super awesome children’s librarian who gifted this book to an old friend when he too was going through a difficult time. These two books are now located side-by-side on our son’s rapidly expanding bookshelf.