Dr. Seuss Statistics

Dr. Seuss Statistics

Dr. Seuss’ sales statistics

  • Dr. Seuss’s books have sold more than 700 million copies globally
  • They have been translated into more than 20 different languages
  • In 2020, Green Eggs and Ham sold more than 338,000 copies in the USA alone
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish sold more than 311,000 copies in the USA
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! sold more than 513,000 copies in the USA
  • In 2020, he earned $33 million
  • This was 2nd of any dead celebrity that year behind only Michael Jackson
  • The Cat in the Hat took less than 3 years after publication to sell 1 million copies

Who was Dr. Seuss?

  • Dr. Seuss was an American author and illustrator
  • His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • He was born in Massachusetts, USA on March 2nd, 1904
  • He attended Dartmouth College and went on to do a post-graduate degree at Oxford but left before attaining his degree
  • In 1927, Geisel started to submit cartoons to magazines back in the US, and his first work under the name Dr. Seuss was published the same year
  • He was also commissioned to do some advertising work and became quite successful in the field
  • In 1931, he published his first book – an illustrated book of children’s figures of speech
  • In 1936, he wrote his first children’s book – And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. It was rejected by more than 20 publishers but was picked thanks to an old acquaintance from Geisel’s time at Dartmouth
  • After the outbreak of WWII, Geisel started working for a New York newspaper drawing political cartoons
  • In 1943, he joined the army and started to write propaganda films
  • After the war, Dr. Seuss and his wife moved out to California and he resumed his work on children’s books
  • In 1954 there was a report that children were struggling to learn to read because their books were boring, Geisel’s publisher set him a task to write a children’s book with the 250 most important words for young children – this book became The Cat in the Hat and contained 236 simple words
  • The entertaining books with a simple vocabulary were some of his most popular and still sell in the hundreds of thousands of copies each year to the modern day
  • In 1991, Dr. Seuss died of cancer at his home in San Diego. He was 87

How many books did Dr. Seuss write?

  • Geisel wrote and published 51 books in his lifetime as Dr. Seuss
  • He also published a further 14 books in his lifetime under pen names – 13 as Theo. LeSieg and one as Rosetta Stone
  • A further 17 books were published after his death in 1991 under the name Dr. Seuss

List of Dr. Seuss books

Published during Dr. Seuss’s lifetime

TitlePublished
The Pocket Book of Boners1931
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street1937
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins1938
The King’s Stilts1939
The Seven Lady Godivas1939
Horton Hatches the Egg1940
McElligot’s Pool1947
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose1948
Bartholomew and the Oobleck1949
If I Ran the Zoo1950
Gerald McBoing Boing1952
Scrambled Eggs Super!1953
Horton Hears a Who!1954
On Beyond Zebra!1955
If I Ran the Circus1956
The Cat in the Hat1957
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!1957
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories1958
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back1958
Happy Birthday to You!1959
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish1960
Green Eggs and Ham1960
The Sneetches and Other Stories1961
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book1962
Dr. Seuss’s ABC1963
Hop on Pop: The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use1963
The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary1964
Fox in Socks1965
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew1965
The Cat in the Hat Song Book1967
The Foot Book1968
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories1969
My Book about ME1969
I Can Draw It Myself1970
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises!1970
The Lorax1971
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!1972
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?1973
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff1973
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!1974
Great Day for Up!1974
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!1975
The Cat’s Quizzer1976
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!1978
Oh Say Can You Say?1979
Hunches in Bunches1982
The Butter Battle Book1984
You’re Only Old Once!1986
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!1987
The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough1987
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!1990

Published as Theo. LeSieg

TitleYear
Ten Apples Up On Top!1961
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet1965
Come over to My House1966
The Eye Book1968
I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself1971
In a People House1972
Wacky Wednesday1974
The Many Mice of Mr. Bricea.k.a. The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice1974
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?1975
Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!1976
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!1977
Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!1980
The Tooth Book1981

Published as Rosetta Stone

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!!1975

Published after Dr. Seuss’s death

TitleYear
Daisy-Head Mayzie1995
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!1996
My Many Colored Days1996
The Big Green Book of Beginner Books1997
Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go!1997
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!1998
Your Favorite Seuss2004
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories2011
My Big Book of Beginner Books about Me2011
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories2014
The Big Orange Book of Beginner Books2015
What Pet Should I Get?2015
The Big Aqua Book of Beginner Books2017
Dr. Seuss’s Book of Animals2018
Dr. Seuss’s Book of Colors2018
Dr. Seuss’s 1232019
Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum2019

What awards has Dr. Seuss won?

  • Dr. Seuss and his wife co-authored the 1947 documentary, Design for Death. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1947
  • In 1951, Gerald McBoing-Boing won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film making it his second Academy Award
  • In 1984, Geisel won the Pulitzer Prize “for his contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”
  • His work  has won two Emmys for Halloween Is Grinch Night in 1977 and  The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat in 1982
  • Dr. Seuss won a Peabody Award in 1971
  • He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dr. Seuss controversy

  • Many of Dr. Seuss’s cartoons contained crude racial stereotypes
  • His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, contained a depiction of an Asian person with lines for eyes
  • Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced in 2021 that 6 books would no longer be published
  • These include Dr. Seuss’s first book – And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
  • The total list of books that have been removed by Dr. Seuss Enterprises is:
    • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
    • If I Ran the Zoo
    • McElligot’s Pool
    • On Beyond Zebra!
    • Scrambled Eggs Super!
    • The Cat’s Quizzer
  • There has been criticism that these books have low sales and were removed as part of a branding push rather than for more altruistic reasons
  • The Cat in the Hat has been criticized for having racial undertones but has not been removed – many think this is due to its commercial success