Dr. Seuss is also notable for his many made up words throughout his books. These nonsensical words are similar to early childhood language. Rhymes and made up words can also challenge your child to make up their own during song play and storytelling, thus supporting your child’s self-esteem and confidence in cognitive and language abilities.
Because learning to read can be a challenge for some kids, Dr. Seuss’s ability to include repeated sounds and engaging storylines support children as they connect sounds to letters. But sometimes, getting your child to attend to a book can be the biggest challenge. Dr. Seuss is also known for his use of bright and vibrant colors, which are captivating to young children. Add in your own quirky voices and intonations throughout reading, and you’ll find your child one fascinated audience member.
Dr. Seuss has mastered the ability to teach many lessons while entranced in a story about fictional characters with whacky names, but the most important lesson of all are the life lessons entwined within the pages. Whether it’s What Was I Scared of? or Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, you can always find a meaningful lesson to help your child learn to be themselves, treat others the way you want to be treated, not be afraid to try new things, or to delve into their imaginations. Dr. Seuss’s books will last you a lifetime and each time you read one of his magical stories, you’ll discover brand new lessons. Just remember, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” (Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, 1990.)