Dr Seuss had been writing children’s stories from 1937, the year in which he wrote and published his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”. Following the success of his first book, Dr Seuss has written over sixty children’s book in his entire career of writing. His dedicated genre of writing finally brought him the “Pulitzer Prize Special Citation Award” in 1984. It was specially mentioned that he was given the special position and award “for his contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.” Theodor Seuss Geisel used his talents for entertaining children and delivering small but noble messages through his works. He was a successful cartoonist as well, but it was his books that brought him the Pulitzer Prize and made him most popular. Although Dr Seuss had written over sixty books, some of the most popular and loved books which played a big role in his winning of the Pulitzer Prize are as follows: I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sallew, Hop On Pop, If I Ran the Zoo, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in The Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew, Yertle the Turtle, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket.
The Pulitzer Prize was indeed one of the greatest achievements of Dr Seuss’s life, but it was not the only award he received for his talent and his work. Theodor Seuss Geisel won the Academy Award in the year 1947, for his work in the Documentary film “Death for Design”, dedicated to the United States Air force. Something which puzzles some of the fans of Dr Seuss is the fact that he managed to win a Pulitzer Prize, but he never managed o win the “Newbery” or the Caldecott Medal”, both of which are prizes dedicated to the genre of children’s books and their writers. Dr Seuss was not only a great children’s book writer and an Academy Award winner, but he was also a person who believed that no one is too small or too big for anything, as is reflected in many of his stories.