Printable List of Dr. Seuss Books in Order of Publication

Published:
February 25, 2024

Sarah Shelton

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is celebrated every year with a nationwide celebration called Read Across America Day which begins the start of Read Across America Week.  Our  Dr. Seuss books in order list with a tracker will help you fin your next read.

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Dr. Seuss Books in Order of Publication

Read Across America Week celebrates children’s literature and reading with children. It kicks off on March 2. Schools, community centers and libraries celebrate all week long. This is the perfect time to break out those Dr. Seuss books and read them with your children all week long. 

If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss, you are going to love our printable checklist of his books. We have sorted them by the order of publication, and included some fun tracking printables as well. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to grab our Dr. Seuss Book List and Book Tracker printable!

How many Dr. Seuss books are there?

There are 68 books that were published under the pen name of Dr. Seuss, and 16 of them were published posthumously (after his death).

What reading level are Dr. Seuss books?

Dr. Seuss books are not separated by reading level, readers of all ages enjoy these books. However, the Dr. Seuss’s books are designed for young readers and the target range is Kindergarten through a Fourth Grade reading level.

His books have taught countless children to read with the silly rhymes and funny and engaging illustrations., including my own children!

What was the first book written by Dr. Seuss?

The first book written by Dr. Seuss was The Pocket Book of Boners, published in 1931 and 1932. This book was originally published as four separate books by The Viking Press. In 1941, Readers’ League of America compiled these four books together in one volume titled The Pocket Book of Boners.

The Pocket Book of Boners contains 22 illustrations of boners which is an old fashioned 1930’s word for howlers or blunders. The rest of the book includes short jokes and short, funny observations no longer than four lines. This book is a classic for the original illustration style of Dr. Seuss. 

What was the last book written by Dr. Seuss?

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! was the very last book written by Dr. Seuss before his death. It was published on January 22, 1990 and he died on September 24, 1991. It was quite fitting that this was the last book that he wrote. 

This book is a timeless message to encourage the readers to find success that lies within yourself, even through the challenges you may face in the adventure of life. This book makes the perfect gift for a high school graduate. 

The most famous lines in the book are:

You have brains in your head. 

You have feet in your shoes. 

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

List of Dr. Seuss Books in Publication Order

Dr. Seuss became wildly known with the release of Cat in the Hat in the 1950’s but he had actually been writing and illustrating books since the early 1930’s! This is a list of the publication order of all of his books. 

1930s

There were 5 books that were published in the 1930s. Of these 5, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street is now on the banned books list due to racial stereotypes being presented.

The Pocket Book of Boners (1931)

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937) 

The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)

The King’s Stilts (1939)

The Seven Lady Godivas (1939)

1940s

Four books were published in the 1940’s. McElligot’s Pool made the banned book list in 2022.

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

McElligot’s Pool (1947)

Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948)

Bartholomew and The Oobleck (1949)

1950’s

There were 11 books published in the 1950’s. This list includes some of Seuss’s classic books. If I Ran the Zoo and Beyond Zebra made the banned books list in 2022 due to being offensive to African Americans. 

If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

Gerald McBoing Boing (1952)

Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)

Horton Hears A Who! (1954)

On Beyond Zebra (1955)

If I Ran The Circus (1956)

The Cat in the Hat (1957)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) 

Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958) 

The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958)

Happy Birthday To You! (1959)

1960’s

These books were published in the 1960’s and you will see some very popular titles that are still read in school and at home today. 

Green Eggs And Ham (1960)

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961) 

Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)

Hop on Pop (1963)

Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963)

The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary (1964)

Fox In Socks (1965)

I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965)

The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)

The Foot Book (1968)

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969) 

My Book About Me (1969)

1970’s

There were 12 books published in the 70’s with the most popular one being the Lorax

I Can Draw It Myself (1970)

Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970)

The Lorax (1971)

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972) 

The Shape Of Me and Other Stuff (1973) 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)

Great Day For Up (1974)

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! (1974) 

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

The Cat’s Quizzer: Are You Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat? (1976)

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)

Oh, Say Can You Say? (1979)

1980’s and 1990’s

There were only 6 books published in the 80’s and 90’s, including the last book published before Dr. Seuss’s death.

Hunches In Bunches (1982)

The Butter Battle Book (1984)

You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)

The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough (1987)

I Am Not Going to Get Up Today (1987) 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990) – 

Posthumous Books

This is a list of the posthumous books that were published after Dr. Seuss’s death in 1991. These books were either lost manuscripts and illustrations, or inspired by his many sketches and notes. 

Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) (posthumous)

My Many Colored Days (1996) (posthumous)

The Big Green Book of Beginner Books (1997) (posthumous)

Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! (1997) (posthumous)

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) (posthumous)

Your Favorite Seuss (2004) (posthumous)

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) (posthumous)

My Big Book of Beginner Books About Me (2011) (posthumous)

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (2014) (posthumous)

The Big Orange Book of Beginner Books (2015) (posthumous)

What Pet Should I Get? (2015) (posthumous)

The Big Aqua Book of Beginner Books (2017) (posthumous)

Dr. Seuss’s Book of Animals (2018) (posthumous)

Dr. Seuss’s Book of Colors (2018) (posthumous)

Dr. Seuss’s 123 (2019) (posthumous)

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum (2019) (posthumous)

The Big Violet Book of Beginner Books (2023) – This is not a posthumous book, but one that was recently republished as a collection of Seuss’s works that are perfect for beginner readers.

Our Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

These are some of our absolute favorite Dr. Seuss Books that have been well loved in our homeschool. Many of these helped our children to learn how to read, and they are classics that will be passed down and read over and over again.

We have linked to our favorite hardback books, as well as some collections that would be a perfect addition to your home library.

Dr. Seuss beginner collection of books

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection: The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks 

Horton Hears a Who 

Green Eggs and Ham 

The Cat in the Hat

The Lorax

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Other Dr. Seuss Resources for Your Homeschool

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Educator Guides – There are 4 different free printable educator guides to help you celebrate. They include ideas for teaching phonics, classroom activity guides, author studies, party ideas and more. 

Printable Activities and Games – Lots of fun printable classroom resources for your homeschool. There are educational worksheets, coloring pages, reading certificates, bookmarks, printable games and more!

Online Games – The official Dr. Seuss website includes 3 online games with your children’s favorite characters and cute animations.

Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages Printables – This is a great list of coloring pages to give to your children to go along with the books that they are reading. They can use them to create their very own Dr. Seuss coloring book.

Dr. Seuss Book List and Tracker

If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss like we are, you may want to challenge your family to find and read all of his published books. We have put together a 7 page printable pack to help you keep track of all of the Dr. Seuss books that you have read. 

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Dr Seuss Book List

Do your children love Dr. Seuss books? Grab this list to see all Dr. Seuss books by publication date and easily find a new book to enjoy.

This book list has all of the Dr. Seuss books in order of publication. There is a checklist for you to write down the date that you read the book. There is even a spot to rank the book by how much you liked it by coloring in the number of stars to give it up to a five star rating. 

We have even included a cute book tracker. Write the name of each book that you have read on the picture of the book, then color in how many stars you would rate the book. You can color the books in different colors, and you will have a beautiful book tracker to add to your end of the year homeschool portfolio. 

 

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