What Can We Learn from Dr. Seuss?

Ted_Geisel_NYWTS_2_crop1. Perseverance: And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by at least 20 publishers. Dr. Seuss never won the Newberry or Caldecott Medal, the two prestigious children’s literature awards. He wrote despite his long battle with cancer and was working on four books when he died.

2. Playfulnees: He made sense of nonsense in a way that sparked our imaginations and laughter.

3. Tolerance and Love: Yes, Dr. Seuss shared his unique perspective on these subjects.

“We are all a little weird and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

-Jillian who needs to get back to work,
because as Dr. Seuss said, “Everything stinks till it’s finished.”

P.S. For those of you who’ve finished your work or want to unleash your inner Seussness, here are two fun links.


Words Made Up by Dr. Seuss


Nonsense Word Generator



  1. Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors when I was little. I really enjoyed this post, especially the links. I think the best part of a Dr. Seuss book is the fact it inspires the imagination. I know many people who do not think Dr. Seuss is quality literature and it isn’t a surprise that he never won a Newbery or Caldecott medal. But a book doesn’t need to win an award to become a classic. 🙂

  2. Haley, I agree Dr. Seuss inspires imagination. I’m glad you enjoyed the links.-Jillian

  3. Loved that quote about not wanting to go to sleep because reality is better than your dreams. What a positive man.

  4. Life is what dreams are made of.

  5. You know the difference between writers who get published and those who do not? Perseverance!

    Love Dr. Suess! Thanks for the post!

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