5 Dr. Seuss books that can teach your kids important life lessons

Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss's birthday! To honor the man who authored so many beloved children's tales, we compiled a list of our top five favorite Seuss books. These classics are not only engaging and entertaining--they also contain valuable life lessons that can be used at any age. You'll definitely want your kids to read these!

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"The Lorax" In this story, a young boy residing in a polluted, grim world visits a creature called the "Once-Ler," asking why the world is in such a poor state. The Once-Ler explains that the world once contained tons of "Truffula trees," but he chopped them to create a new invention even though the Lorax begged him to stop, eventually leaving the land polluted and empty of any fauna. It's a perfect way to teach you kids about greed and how important it is to protect the environment. This was just turned in to a movie that premieres on Seuss' birthday tomorrow!

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Dr. Seuss's last book and one of his most popular is a colorful tale filled with rhymed wisdom mean to inspire readers to explore the world without worry or fear. Despite some setbacks, the protagonist travels from place to place, spurred on by the ideas of what he might discover. The story captures the idea that success and discovery is possible, if only you keep trying. It's a really popular gift for graduates.

"Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" A wise, older man who sits on a cactus cheers up a little boy by listing all the troubles that he has never had to face. This story of life and opportunities shows readers that situations are never as bad as they seem and reminds them just how lucky they are!

"Green Eggs and Ham" The fourth best-selling English language children's book of all time, this is about a dog-like creature who is constantly pestered by "Sam I Am," who keeps trying to get him to eat "green eggs and ham." Sam I am presists when the creature tastes the food and discovers he actually likes it! It's a fun and entertaining example of being open to new possibilities (and foods).

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" This tale might but be holiday-themed but its warm message is applicable to any season! In the book, the Grinch hates Christmas so he forms a devious plan to impersonate Santa Claus and steal all the Whos' Christmas presents. But come Christmas morning, the Grinch is shocked to see that the Whos are still celebrating. That's when the Grinch realizes that Christmas is about more than just presents and the story highlights the importance of spending time with family and friends over materialistic items!

Which Dr. Seuss books do you read to your kids?

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