Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! A Look at His Best-Selling Books and More

From 'Green Eggs and Ham' to 'The Cat in the Hat,' learn about the beloved author's most famous stories.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, would have celebrated his 113th birthday on Thursday, March 2. He was born in 1904 and is one of the world’s most beloved cartoonists, poets and writers. In addition to his famous Dr. Seuss pen name, he also wrote under the names Theo Le Sieg and Rosetta Stone. He died in 1991 at 87 years old.

As we celebrate Read Across America Day, take a look at the Dr. Seuss estate and the books that continue to carry the late author’s legacy.

Dr. Seuss’s Best-Selling Works

Dr. Seuss is an all-time, best-selling children’s book author. Throughout his career he wrote and illustrated 45 children’s books that have sold more than 650 million copies, of which 450 million were sold in the years after his death, according to Forbes.

In 2015, “What Pet Should I Get?” was published posthumously and sold more than 200,000 copies in its first week. It was believed to have been written sometime between 1958 and 1962.

According to Amazon, here are the top 10 Dr. Seuss children’s books:

  1. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
  2. “Green Eggs and Ham”
  3. “The Lorax”
  4. “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”
  5. “Happy Birthday to You!”
  6. “The Cat in the Hat”
  7. “What Pet Should I Get?”
  8. “Fox in Sox”
  9. “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”
  10. “Dr. Seuss’s ABCs: An Amazing Alphabet Book!”
Make Your Money Work Better for You

Read: The Best Books on Amazon for Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Under $20

Some of Dr. Seuss’s books have also been adapted into popular and profitable Hollywood movies. In 2000, director Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starred Jim Carrey and grossed $260 million in the U.S. In fact, it’s one of the highest grossing Christmas movies of all time.

Eight years later, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” grossed $154.5 million domestically. The only Dr. Seuss flop was 2003’s “The Cat in the Hat” starring Mike Myers, which cost $109 million to make but only grossed $101.1 million in the U.S.

In 2012, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” movie hit theaters and featured the voices of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. With a $70 million opening weekend, “The Lorax” broke box office records, including “highest non-sequel animated/family film opening” and “biggest opener of 2012,” according to Deadline.com.

Dr. Seuss’s Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Dr. Seuss had a net worth of $75 million.

In 2016, Dr. Seuss ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ annual list of the top-earning deceased celebrities. Forbes also reported that “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” earned the Dr. Seuss estate $10 million the year the movie was released in a licensing arrangement. The estate, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, is under the direction of his widow, Audrey Geisel.

Up Next: How Much You’ll Pay to Get the VIP Treatment at Disney Parks

Share this article:

About the Author

Morgan Quinn

Morgan Quinn is an experienced personal finance writer and her work has appeared on WSJ.com, Huffington Post and Slate. She is also the former Managing Editor of Mint.com.

Read More

Best Bank Accounts of August 2022

Untitled design (1)
Close popup The GBR Closer icon

Sending you timely financial stories that you can bank on.

Sign up for our daily newsletter for the latest financial news and trending topics.

Please enter an email.
Please enter a valid email address.
There was an unknown error. Please try again later.

For our full Privacy Policy, click here.