When Did Dr Seuss Win the Pulitzer Prize?

Mar 12th, 2009
Famous children's story Dr Seuss won the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation Award in...

When Did Dr Seuss Win the Pulitzer Prize?

Famous children's story Dr Seuss won the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation Award in 1984 "for his contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents." On of the judges recalled that it was one of the fastest decisions ever made for this prize.

Officially Dr Seuss was named Theodor Seuss Geisel. He lived from March 2, 1904 until September 24, 1991. He was a cartoonist but was mostly known for his work in children's literature. He published over 60 books which was no doubt one of the great establishments that led him to winning the prized Pulitzer.

The Pulitzer was not the only prize he won. In 1947 Dr Seuss also won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature for a film he wrote for the United State Ariforce entitled "Death for Design."

Oddly enough Dr Seuss never won two prizes which were much more appropriate to the view society generally takes of him, the Caldecott Medal nor the Newbery. Thee prize are specifically for children's authors. McElligot's Pool (1947), Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949), and If I Ran the Zoo (1950) were all nominated for the Caldecott Medal, but never won. They are now referred to as the Caldecott Honor books.

Here are a few of Dr Suess' other titles which may have led to his winning of the Pulitzer Prize:

  • 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 (1940)
  • Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
  • McElligot's Pool (Caldecott Honor Book, 1947)
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck (Caldecott Honor Book, 1949)
  • If I Ran the Zoo (Caldecott Honor Book, 1950)
  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
  • On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
  • If I Ran the Circus (1956)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)
  • Happy Birthday to You! (1959)
  • 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)
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC (1963)
  • Hop on Pop (1963)
  • 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 (Illustrated by Roy McKie, 1970)
  • I Can Draw It Myself (1970)
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! (1970)
  • The Lorax (1971)
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)
  • The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973)
  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket! (1974)
  • Great Day for Up! (Illustrated by Quentin Blake, 1974)
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
  • The Cat's Quizzer (1976)
  • I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978)
  • Oh Say Can You Say? (1979)
  • Hunches in Bunches (1982)
  • The Butter Battle Book (1984)
  • You're Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)
  • I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! (Illustrated by James Stevenson, 1987)
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie (Posthumous, 1995)
  • My Many Colored Days (Posthumous, illustrated by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher, 1996)
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (Posthumous, from notes, with Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, 1998)
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing (Posthumous, based on story and film, 2000)
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