Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
published by Random House Books for Young Readers
release date September 12, 2017
I was so excited to see a digital ARC copy of this book available on Edelweiss! I am always looking for nonfiction books about Dr. Seuss to share with my younger students during Read Across America. I’m also a fan of Judy Sierra’s work (I read Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf to my kindergartners every year)and Kevin Hawkes, who has visited my libraries, is one of my favorite illustrators!
This nonfiction picture book tells the story of how The Cat in the Hat came to be written. In 1954 first-graders were not reading as well as their teachers and parents had hoped, Writer John Hersey suggested the solution would be providing them with more exciting books that they would want to read. Who would be the best choice to take on such a task but Dr. Seuss who, at that point, at already written several fun books. Armed with a list of first-grade words, he eventually created The Cat in the Hat, which eventually lead to the famous author starting a company to publish beginning reading books. This fun, informative book concludes with writing and illustrating tips as well as a list of Dr. Seuss works.
This will be a great read aloud for my younger classes while we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The text was engaging and informative as it told of the origins of one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular tales. Kevin Hawkes’ detailed, full-paged illustrations include some of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters mixed in with beautiful pictures of the famous author. This book will be an excellent addition to libraries and classrooms and a must-read during Read Across America.