115th Birthday of Dr. Seuss

Featured Content March 1, 2019 – Yertle the Turtle in the Congressional Record and more!


Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. A well-known children’s book author and illustrator whose classics include The Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Geisel would have been 115 this year. Check out these excerpts in Presidential remarks, issues of the Congressional Record, and Congressional Resolutions on govinfo.


Dr. Seuss Mentioned in the Congressional Record

In Recognition of the Opening of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss – 163 Cong. Rec. E724, May 25, 2017
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Yertle the Turtle – 159 Cong. Rec. H6474, October 10, 2013
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Green Eggs and Ham – 159 Cong. Rec. S6699, September 24, 2013
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One More Cheer for the Cat in the Hat – 150 Cong. Rec. E254, February 26, 2004
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With Apologies to Dr. Seuss – 141 Cong. Rec. H1896, February 16, 1995
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Dr. Seuss on the Balanced Budget Amendment – 141 Cong. Rec. H485, January 23, 1995
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Death of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel – 137 Cong. Rec. (Bound), p. 48, September 27, 1991
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – 130 Cong. Rec. (Bound), Extensions of Remarks, p. 24, March 1, 1984
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Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) at work on a drawing of a grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) at work on a drawing of a grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Source: Library of Congress

Read Across America Day

Geisel’s March 2nd birthday has been used for the National Read Across America Day.

Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 2, 2018, as Read Across America Day – House Resolution 753, February 27, 2018
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Statement on Read Across America Day by President Trump – Compilation of Presidential Documents, March 2, 2018
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Celebrating the “Seussenennial” – 150 Cong. Rec. S1012, February 11, 2004
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Remarks at the “Millennium Around the World'' Celebration by President Clinton – Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1999, Book II)
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Read Across America Day – 144 Cong. Rec. S1212, March 2, 1998
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Senate Resolution 181 – Concerning March 2nd – 144 Cong. Rec. S1015, February 25, 1998
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Read Across America Day marks the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Through amusing wordplay and engaging tales, his stories have helped generations of young Americans enjoy reading and sharpen basic reading skills, vital tools for their future success.

Presidential Proclamation of Read Across America Day – 125 Stat. 1975, March 1, 2011
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