2004 is Seussentennial

In celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 100th Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises will sponsor a year-long tribute. “Seussentennial: A Century of Imagination” will honor the creative genius of the children’s book author and illustrator behind such enduring favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Geisel also enjoyed a successful advertising career and was a political cartoonist for PM magazine during World War II. In addition, he was a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. His paintings hang in fine art galleries and he received Academy Awards for his wartime documentaries and his animated short film, Gerald McBoing Boing.

In January 2004, Random House will kick off “Countdown to Seussentennial” – 100 days of events and celebrations honoring Geisel’s memory. Through a partnership with First Book, Random House will also donate thousands of new books to underprivileged children in each community on the tour. In addition, the publisher will release The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, and Nothing But The Seuss: A Visual Biography by Charles D. Cohen and The Boy on Fairfield Street, a picture book biography of Dr. Seuss written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

As part of the festivities, The Geisel Library at the University of California at San Diego will unveil a three-part, year-long rotating exhibit highlighting, “The Seuss You Never Knew,” “Ted Geisel’s Never-Before-Seen Drawings and Cartoons” and “Seussiana – Dr. Seuss as an American Icon.”

A number of other Seussentennial events and art exhibits are being planned. For a complete listing of activities, visit www.seussentennial.com.