One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
This is just one of hundreds of memorable rhymes created for children by Dr. Seuss, who began writing books in the 1940s. Monday marks the 99th birthday of Dr. Seuss, which will be celebrated at libraries across the country, including the North Carroll Branch Library, which will present a night called "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss."
Children are invited to learn fascinating facts about the author. For example, Dr. Seuss -- or Theodore "Ted" Geisel -- was not a doctor. After working in advertising, he wrote his first book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, using the pen name Dr. Seuss because his father had wanted him to be a doctor. The book was rejected by 29 publishers before it was accepted.
The event will also celebrate Seuss' contribution to literature by reading some of his most well-known works, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.
"Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" will be held Monday night at the North Carroll Branch Library at 6:45 p.m., 2255 Hanover Pike, 410-386-4480.