Cameron Soto, Diamond Williams, and Travis Wright enjoy a story as just three of the Cat In The Hat headgear-wearing children in the auditorium of the Lamar Elementary School in Augusta, Georgia. This was a 2008 event as part of the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America event to encourage children’s reading. Rainier Ehrhardt/Augusta Chronicle/AP/File
First lady Michelle Obama reads from ‘The Cat in the Hat’ to children from military families at the Prager Child Development Center, a child care facility at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina. The book, first published in 1957, features Seuss’s most famous character as well as a fun, simple story about a striped-hat wearing cat that entertains with all manner of tricks while children are unattended. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
Dr. Seuss spoke in Dallas, Texas, in 1987. Born Theodore Seuss Geisel, he liked to say that he wrote under the name Dr. Seuss because he was saving his real name for the Great American Novel he would one day write. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. AP/File
Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known as ‘Dr. Seuss,’ paints in his studio in this undated photo. Originally a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer, he was a unique artistic talent who was catapulted to success in children’s publishing after the debut of ‘The Cat In the Hat’ in 1957. s70/ZUMA Press/Newscom/File
The Lorax ‘speaks for the trees’ in this environmental fable first published in 1971. Second graders at the Pinewood Elementary School listen to a reading of ‘The Lorax’ by National Education Association Executive Committee Member Len Paolillo outside of Baltimore, Md. as part of the Lorax Student Earth Day in April 2010. Benjamin J. Myers/Feature Photo Service for NEA/File
President Barack Obama reads from ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, listen to the story along with other children in April 2010. The Obama daughters are fans of Seuss’s books, with ‘Horton Hears A Who’ as a favorite. ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ for beginning readers, is one of the most popular children’s books of all time since it was first published in 1960. Roger L. Wollenberg/Newscom/File
Steve Carell provided the voice for the Mayor of Whoville, a town which existed on a tiny speck of dust in the 2008 CG-animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s 'Horton Hears a Who.' Jim Carrey voiced Horton, the elephant who knows that 'A person’s a person, no matter how small.' Twentieth Century Fox/File
Mike Myers played the title role in a 2003 live-action film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s 'The Cat in the Hat.' Only loosely based on the children’s book, the film was not well received. Melissa Sue Gordon/Universal Studios and DreamWorks LLC/File
Taylor Momsen, as Cindy Lou Who (l.), shares a scene with the Grinch, played by Jim Carrey in 2000’s 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' which was based on a 1966 animated television version of Dr. Seusss’ 1957 children’s book of the same title. Ron Batzdorff/Universal Studios/AP/File
Bursting with color and without a straight line to be seen, Seuss Landing is one of 5 'islands' in Universal’s theme park, Universal Escape Islands of Adventure (the other four are Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park, and The Lost Continent). The park was the cornerstone of a $2.6 billion dollar expansion completed in 1999. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File
Actor Mark Ruffalo, of the 2010 film ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ reads to children from a Dr. Seuss title at the New York Public Library on Feb. 24. The event, part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America motivational reading campaign that has been held since 1998, commemorated Dr. Seuss’s birthday as well as launched in-store reading events at Target stores. Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Target
Not a comedic skit prop, but a fabulous purse featuring the instantly-recognizable Cat In The Hat and his signature headwear and bowtie. The purse was photographed in the hands of Robin Ruzan, producer of ‘Wayne’s World’ and comic actress in the film, with appearances on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Sex in the City.’ Bruce Murphy/Splash/Newscom
On Friday Spain's Catalonia region voted to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum. Inspired by Scotland's vote on indpendence, European separatists are seeking the same chance.
ByAlan Clendenning and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press
Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal.