Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss and The Hat Lives On!

Theodor (Ted) Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts and died September 24, 1991.

In 1957, Houghton Mifflin and Random House gave him a challenge to write and illustrate a story using a list of the words children in first grade had needed to learn. With just 225 of the words, he wrote The Cat in the Hat.  Dr. Seuss soon became the definitive children's book author and illustrator. He also used the pen name Theo. LeSieg. In total, he wrote and illustrated 48 books.

If you’re new to Dr. Seuss, or just want to revisit some old favorites, stop-by your local branch of the Mercer County Library System.  All branches own a selection of Dr. Seuss’ books and most have audio and video adaptations.  As always, if you cannot find what you want, just ask at the Youth Services or Reference desk and a librarian will be happy to help.

Everyone is familiar with the Cat in the Hat’s hat!  Follow these simple instructions to make your own using a paper plate.

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Red paint/ red marker



  1. Fold a paper plate in half and draw a line around the rim and then make a rectangle shape as illustrated below.
  2. Use the scissors and cut along the trace lines.
  3. Unfold the paper plate.
  4. Color the plate and add the stripes.
  5. Enjoy your hat!

- Chetna Kukreja

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