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Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, understood the power of images to express an idea and the power of story to convey a message. It is no wonder that we continue to celebrate his life, his stories and the power of reading every March. The Milwaukee Public Library will host “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!” events throughout the month. Stop in and join the festivities and check out some of these great books that celebrate the power of stories and reading.

Shy by Deborah Freedman (Ages 3-7)

This exquisitely rendered and heartwarming story celebrates the power of books to inspire readers to explore the world around them, and to make a friend in the process.

Dragon was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio; pictures by Greg Pizzoli (Ages 4-8)

A terrible and terribly rude dragon may face his greatest foe…the power of a good story. Will that be enough to tame him?

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino (Ages 4-9)

What do cave drawings, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the radio and books have in common? They all tell stories. Explore the history of the story in simple language and charming illustrations.

A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen; illustrated by Mike Lowery (Ages 4-7)

A sister helps her younger brother write a story, even though he is still working on learning how to form words.

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Adam Rex (Ages 5-9)

Discovering the process of creating a book has never been this much fun! Readers learn how an idea is turned into a story and eventually a printed book.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers; illustrated by Sam Winston (Ages 5-12)

A girl and boy adventure through a sea, up a rope and onto clouds shaped by stories in a landscape of words from classic children’s tales.

The Colorful Story of Comics by Patricia Lakin; illustrated by Rob McClurkan (Ages 6-8)

This beginning reader explores the history of comics, from the first comic strip to contemporary graphic novels, through engaging text, humor, and comical illustrations.

Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon (Ages 6-8)

Dory has no shortage of imagination. When her talent for thinking up stories far exceeds her reading abilities, Dory tackles the challenge to become a stronger reader with vigor.

Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington (Ages 9-12)

Keet, short for Parakeet, likes to talk – a lot. This “story-talking” girl from Alabama writes a diary in verse revealing her struggles with her new school and her grandfather’s stroke.

Liz Humphrey and Karli Pederson work in the children's department at the Milwaukee Public Library.

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