Simply put, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is one of the most memorable children’s books ever written. Dr. Seuss penned The Cat in the Hat in 1957 to tell the tale of a brother and sister home alone—alone, that is, until a cat in a silly hat drops by. Dr. Seuss’s uncanny knack for storytelling seemed the perfect prescription for teachers who lamented the dull books pupils used to read in school. But thanks to that precocious cat and his signature hat, millions have since learned to read, and in the process The Cat in the Hat has made Dr. Seuss a household name.
Tie-in Activity: Hats are great—just ask the Cat in the Hat. After reading the story, let your baby try on a few hats and look at his reflection in the mirror. Or try a hat-swapping rhyme game: Let your child say a word and place a hat on your head. When you say a rhyme, the hat goes back on your child’s head. Take turns rhyming.