In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday (March 2), our staff had some fun remembering their favorite reads from the wacky worlds created by the clever wordsmith. Here, our top picks.

By Real Simple
Updated March 02, 2018
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" The Lorax will forever be my most beloved Seuss book. It was the first read that really made me think about the environment and resonated because the book's Truffula trees closely resembled the towering palms in my Florida hometown. This quote makes me emotional every time: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."—Brandi Broxon, associate editorTo buy: $9, amazon.com.
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Green Eggs and Ham

“Because I would eat them in a house and I would eat them with a mouse, of course.” —Casey Stenger, photo director

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There's a Wocket in My Pocket

“I’m the queen of silly rhymes, so my kids thought I was making up the phrases until they could read it for themselves. It’s a keeper, and a sweeper and a bleeper, to be passed down to the next generation.” —Filomena Guzzardi, editorial production director

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The Cat in the Hat

"My favorite Dr. Seuss book is hands-down The Cat in the Hat (and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back). My dad used to read it to me growing up—except instead of accepting the premise that the Cat was a troublemaker, we used to tell the 'backstory' about how he was really a misunderstood good guy. It made my imagination go crazy!" —Laura Schocker, RealSimple.com executive editor

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

"I like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, since, in our house, reading that book always meant that the holidays were approaching. I love anything with a little tradition surrounding it." —Brigitt Earley, RealSimple.com senior editor

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Yertle the Turtle (And Other Stories)

"I always adored the story 'Gertrude McFuzz,' which is part of the Yertle the Turtle collection (I love Yertle as well!). It's about a vain bird that envies the tail feathers of another bird. It's very funny but people never talk about it. Gertrude McFuzz has a wise lesson: You are perfect the way you are." —Westry Green, research chief

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Happy Birthday to You!

"A young boy is whisked away for a day of birthday indulgence, including a snack cart, swimming, choosing a plant and a pet, plus a huge party with a band, gifts, and a giant cake! Just thinking about the illustrations—and imagining what I'd do on my own day like that!—makes me smile." —Lori Seto, Reader Service Editor

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

"My grandma had the lesser-known Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, which I must have read a thousand times. It was full of crazy made-up places and characters, and the lesson was along the lines of “your problems aren't as bad as you think, because someone else is always worse off.” It was not only fun for me to read as a kid, but it was a blast reading it to my younger cousins (I have a lot!) throughout the years, because the book never lost its magically silly charm." —Wendy Granger, RealSimple.com photo editor

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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The Lorax

"The Lorax will forever be my most beloved Seuss book. It was the first read that really made me think about the environment and resonated because the book's Truffula trees closely resembled the towering palms in my Florida hometown. This quote makes me emotional every time: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."—Brandi Broxon, associate editor

To buy: $9, amazon.com.

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The Butter Battle Book

"Political satire for the sippy-cup set!" —Naomi Lindberg, Senior Photo Editor

To buy: $10, amazon.com.