Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. His given name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was born on Howard Street in Springfield, Mass. to Theodor Robert and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. At the time of his birth, Robert made a living as a master brewer.
The National Education Association commemorates Dr. Seuss's birthday annually on March 2 with a reading celebration using the author's works. Dr. Seuss wrote 44 illustrated children's books, including "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Rooted in surrealism and fantasy, the unique visual language of his work greatly influenced children's literature.