Children's Books Guide - Dr. Seuss Books List

Seek out some Sneetches, break out the roast beast, and go oh so many places with some of the top Dr. Seuss books ever!
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This particular collection only includes the top 30 books out of the Children’s Books Guide list of Dr. Seuss books.


Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998)

Written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Jack Prelutsky

Illustrated by Lane Smith

Started by Dr. Seuss, finished by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrated by Lane Smith, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! is a joyous ode to individuality starring unsinkable teacher Miss Bonkers and the quirky Diffendoofer School (which must prove it has taught its students how to think—or have them sent to dreary Flobbertown).

Included is an introduction by Dr. Seuss's longtime editor explaining how the book came to be and reproductions of Dr. Seuss's original pencil sketches and hand-printed notes for the book—a true find for all Seuss collectors! Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith pay homage to the Good Doctor in their own distinctive ways, the result of which is the union of three one-of-a-kind voices in a brand-new, completely original book that is greater than the sum of its parts.

For all of us who will never forget our school days and that special teacher, here is a book to give and to get. This book is recommended for children ages 3 and up. (Copyright © Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

Jack Prelutsky is best known for his humorous and imaginative verse, and his readers are now discovering how deeply music is entwined with his poetry. While Prelutsky has been making words rhyme for over forty-five years, his career began as a folk singer in coffeehouses. By chance he took his first poems, descriptions of fanciful creatures, to Susan Hirschman, editor at Macmillan. She suggested that he write about real animals and with her encouragement, Prelutsky’s first book, A Gopher in the Garden and Other Animal Poems, was published in 1967 and illustrated by Robert Leydenfrost.

Since then, he has published over seventy books of poetry. His books includes The New Kid on the Block (1984) illustrated by James Stevenson, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993) illustrated by Peter Sís, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) with Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Lane Smith, Awful Ogre's Awful Day (2001) illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders (2002) illustrated by Petra Mathers, Scranimals (2002) illustrated by Peter Sís, If Not for the Cat (2004) illustrated by Ted Rand, What a Day It Was at School! (2006) illustrated by Doug Cushman, and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems (2006) illustrated by Carin Berger.

Prelutsky's latest books are My Dog May Be a Genius (2008) illustrated by James Stevenson, Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face and Other Poems (2008) illustrated by Brandon Dorman, The Carnival of the Animals (2010) illustrated by Mary GrandPré, I've Lost My Hippopotamus (2012) illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic, The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs (2013) illustrated by Jui Ishida, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems (2013) illustrated by Carin Berger. 

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem (2008) is his first book of prose. In his role as anthologist, Jack has compiled several collections, beginning with The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, continuing with The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury, and most recently, Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Jack Prelutsky as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate. He and his wife currently live in downtown Seattle.


Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff. Most recently Grandpa Green which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book and It’s a Book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages.

His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. His books have appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year list four times. 

Lane and his wife, book designer Molly Leach, live in rural Connecticut. For more information on Lane Smith and his works, visit his website at


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