Timeline

Timeline

2019
December 12

2019

2019
Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum is published by Random House Children’s Books. The book is based on a manuscript and sketches created by Dr. Seuss, with acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner completing the unfinished artwork to accompany Dr. Seuss’s original text.
December 12

2019

2019

Kilburn Live debuts The Dr. Seuss Experience in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a 15,000 sq. foot sensory journey through the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss by means of visually stunning rooms
themed after his beloved stories and characters. The experience follows the Toronto debut with a tour in the US in 2020.

December 12

2019

2019

A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. Animation produce Green Eggs and Ham, an animated television series which releases worldwide on Netflix. The all-star voice cast includes Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Adam DeVine, and Keegan-Michael Key.

2018
December 14

2018

2018

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, a fully animated feature length film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. The Grinch has become
the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time.

December 8

2018

2018

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation travels to Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Old Globe in San Diego, California.

December 8

2018

2018

Dr. Seuss secures a partnership with the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Animation Group, to produce multiple Dr. Seuss feature films, starting with an adaptation of the classic 1957 children’s book The Cat in the Hat.

February 12

2018

2018

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship debuts Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, an onboard water park featuring two splash-tastic slides.

2017
December 29

2017

2017

The Sneetches The Musical makes world premiere at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

December 15

2017

2017

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation returns to The Old Vic in London, then makes its North American debut at the Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

December 15

2017

2017

Seussian (“of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss”) is officially entered into the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

December 9

2017

2017

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.

2016
December 17

2016

2016

The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss exhibit debuts at the Discover Children’s Story Centre in London.

2015
December 11

2015

2015

Random House Children’s Books publishes What Pet Should I Get? The book is an immediate best-seller and becomes the fastest-selling children’s book in the history of Random House Children’s Books.

December 10

2015

2015

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation makes its world premiere at The Old Vic in London.

 

2014
February 12

2014

2014

A partnership with Carnival Cruise Line brings “Seuss At Sea” to ships fleet-wide. This immersive onboard experience includes story times, parades, a dedicated “Bookville” library, and a Green Eggs and Ham character breakfast.

2013
December 13

2013

2013

The Art of Dr. Seuss, a Retrospective Exhibition goes on international tour.

2012
December 15

2012

2012

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Lorax, a fully animated feature length film with a voice cast including Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, and Betty
White.

December 1

2012

2012

Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches is created for orchestra with an original and brilliant score by Lorenzo Palomo, with a world premiere at Oberlin College in Ohio.

October 20

2012

2012

Seussical opens on the West End at the Arts Theatre in London.

2010
December 18

2010

2010

The animated television series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! premiers on PBS Kids in the US and on Treehouse TV in Canada. The show is based on The Cat in the Hat’s Learning
Library book franchise, and to date the series consists of three seasons (a total of 80 episodes) and five television specials. Martin Short is the voice of the Cat in the Hat.

2009
December 17

2009

2009

The Royal National Theatre in London debuts Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, a theatrical adaptation of the classic story.

2008
December 12

2008

2008

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! is released by Twentieth Century Fox. This film is an animated feature length film with Jim Carrey as the voice of Horton and Steve Carell as the voice of the Mayor.

2004
December 10

2004

Seussentennial – Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 100th birthday.

December 4

2004

Children’s Museum of Manhattan features Oh, Seuss!, an exhibit featuring interactive stations.

December 1

2004

2004

Dr. Seuss is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003
December 13

2003

2003

Universal Pictures releases The Cat in the Hat, a live action feature length film starring Mike Myers and Alec Baldwin.

2002
December 13

2002

2002

Dr. Seuss Enterprises launches Seussville.com, a unique and interactive educational website.

December 3

2002

2002

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.

2000
December 7

2000

2000

Universal Pictures releases How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a live action feature length film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

December 5

2000

2000

Grinchmas debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood as a seasonal addition to the park.

November 8

2000

2000

Seussical opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

1999
December 2

1999

1999

The Seuss Landing theme park opens at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

1998
December 12

1998

1998

The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book franchise launches with the title Fine Feathered Friends. To date, the Learning Library series is comprised of 38 titles.

December 11

1998

1998

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! musical launches at the Old Globe in San Diego, California.

1996
December 5

1996

1996

The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss airs on Nickelodeon, a television series produced by The Jim Henson Company.

1994
December 13

1994

1994

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! makes its debut at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1993
December 18

1993

1993

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is established in order to protect the legacy and intellectual property of Dr. Seuss.

1991
December 14

1991

1991

Dr. Seuss dies on September 24 in La Jolla, California.

1990
December 14

1990

1990

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the last book to be published before Dr. Seuss’s death. This title tops the best-seller lists each year around the graduation time period.

1984
December 8

1984

1984

Dr. Seuss wins a Pulitzer Prize for his special contribution to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.

1971
December 18

1971

1971

The Lorax is published.

1970
December 11

1970

1970

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is published.

1966
December 13

1966

1966

Chuck Jones directs the animated television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which goes on to become a Christmas staple. Boris Karloff (the narration) and Thurl Ravenscroft (the songs) provide the Grinch’s distinctive voice.

1965
December 13

1965

1965

Fox in Socks is published.

1963
December 13

1963

1963

Hop on Pop and Dr. Seuss’s ABC are published.

1960
December 13

1960

1960

Green Eggs and Ham is published. Dr. Seuss’s publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet him that he could not make a book using fifty or fewer different words. The resulting book is his best-selling title.

December 13

1960

1960

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is published.

1958
December 13

1958

1958

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is published and helps launch the Beginner Book series, a new division of Random House that will publish books designed to help children learn to read.

1957
December 14

1957

1957

The Cat in the Hat is published and is an immediate success. Dr. Seuss was challenged to write “a story that first-graders can’t put down,” and he uses only 236 words chosen from a list of 348. The book’s runaway success is the inspiration for Random House’s Beginner Books series.

December 13

1957

1957

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is published.

1949
December 14

1949

1949

Bartholomew and the Oobleck is published, which wins a Caldecott Honor the following year (awarded in 1950).

1947
December 14

1947

1947

McElligot’s Pool brings Dr. Seuss’s first Caldecott Honor (awarded in 1948).

1937
December 14

1937

1937

Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book is published: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The book was previously rejected by publishers 27 times. Beatrix Potter writes to a friend, “I think it
the cleverest book I have met with for many years.”

1927
December 14

1927

1927

Geisel adds “Dr.” to “Seuss” and uses the pseudonym “Dr. Seuss” thereafter.

1926
December 14

1926

Geisel attends Lincoln College at Oxford, where he does not earn an M.A. in English, but he does meet his future wife, Helen Palmer.

1925
December 14

1925

Geisel first uses the pseudonym “Seuss” when writing for Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth’s humor magazine.

1921
December 14

1921-1925

1921-1925

Geisel attends Dartmouth College and graduates in June 1925.

1904
December 14

1904

1904

Theodor Seuss Geisel is born in Springfield Massachusetts on March 2nd.