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Recipes to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 4 14

Read Across America 2016 Food Ideas for Teachers and Parents

One of the most beloved children’s authors of all time is Dr. Seuss, and celebrating his birthday on March second is something teachers across the nation, as well as parents, do. His easy-to-read books have taught children to read for generations, as well as taught them many valuable life lessons.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ s birthday does not have to happen for just a day. Many elementary schools have a Dr. Seuss week that involves children in all grade levels. While kindergarteners do activities on their level of learning, fifth graders can take it to an entire other level. And most will not admit it, but they do enjoy revisiting favorites from their own childhood!

As a parent or teacher, you can choose from several recipes to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday. You can focus on one book title per day and have activities based on the theme or characters, and end the lesson with an edible treat.

Recipes for Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Besides the obvious green eggs and ham, there any other recipes that can be prepared to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Dr Seuss Recipes One FIshe Two Fish
Eat Fish!

In honor of the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, you can serve Goldfish crackers or Swedish fish. For adventurous chefs, you can make cookies in the shape of fish and make them colorful with red and blue sugar or frosting. You can prebake the cookies at home and have the children frost and sugar the cookies themselves as a treat.

Birthday Cake

Recipes for Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read Across AMerica Birthday Cake

The book Happy Birthday to You lends it self quite easily to food. Bring in a few cake rounds made inexpensively with box cake mixes. In groups, the children can frost and decorate the cakes with: 


Chocolate chips

M & M’s

Sprinkles-colored and chocolate

Colored sugar


Make sure the children are decorating properly and not just throwing things on. Talk about design and patterns that are pleasing to the eye. Remind them that they will be eating this!

Or children can decorate individual cupcakes in the same manner.

Edible Animals

Read Across American Mr Brown Can  Moo Dr Seuss recipes

After reading Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, If I Ran the Zoo or If I Ran the Circus, an easy and ready to serve treat are animal crackers. They come frosted, in chocolate or in original flavors. Give each child a mixed bag of these treats!

If you have adult volunteers, you can make animal shapes out of fruits and/or vegetables. There are websites and books dedicated to food art, so choose one or two animals for the children to create after reading the story. Make sure to have a picture of each animal for the children to copy.

You can also make animal sandwiches. All you need are animal shaped cookie cutters and something to put inside the bread. Or you can bring in a toaster oven and make animal shaped toast.

The Butter Battle Book Dr Seuss Recipes
Make Your Own Butter

Another food activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday is to make your own butter. After reading The Butter Battle Book, children can make their own butter by shaking heavy cream in a jar. With a large group of children, you will want to put the cream in separate containers, as smaller amounts of cream will turn into butter faster. Play some music while the kids are shaking to make this more fun.

Those with access to an oven can make biscuits with the children so there is something to spread the homemade butter on!

Apples for Snacks

The possibilities for snack choices are endless after reading Ten Apples Up on Top. There are many recipes that use apples. You can make with the class or buy ready made:


Apple cake

Dr Seuss Birthday Recipe for Ten Apples Up on Top

Apple pie

Apple turnovers

Apple muffins

Apple bars

Apple strudel

Baked apples

Apple bread

Apple scones

Or you can just serve a buffet of different varieties of apples all sliced up!

Scrambled Eggs

In Dr. Seuss’ Scrambled Eggs Super, there is a great hunt for different eggs to scramble. Of course, you can make scram

Recipes to Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday Scrambled Eggs

bled eggs as an activity. This simple food is a basic one even the youngest children can master and is a healthy food choice, too.

If you want to keep it simple, you can serve chocolate eggs that can be found at Easter time!

Striped Parfaits

Dr Seuss Recipes The Cat and the Hat

The Cat and the Hat’s trademark hat lends itself to red and white striped treats. After reading The Cat in the Hat and the sequel The Cat and the Hat Comes Back, serve some red and white parfaits. Some food duos are:

Whipped cream and strawberry ice cream

Jello and whipped topping

Strawberry yogurt and whipped cream

Strawberries and whipped cream

The children can make these themselves or parents can volunteer to

Recipes for Dr Seuss' Birthday The Tooth Book
make them and bring in to the class for a treat.

Dairy Treats

If you want to keep the Dr. Seuss celebration treats healthy, then serve dairy products after reading The Tooth Book. Talk about how to take care of your teeth and how dairy products help keep teeth strong. Food such as yogurt, cheese, and milk to drink can be brought in and sereved as a snack.


Elephant Ears

Recipes for Dr Seuss' Birthday HOrton Hears a Who
Have this treat after reading Horton Hears a Who! or Horton Hatches the Egg. Elephant ears are a fried dough confection topped with cinnamon sugar. These can be made in a portable fryer with refrigerated dough in the classroom, or made at home and reheated at school.


Zebra Cookies

Dr Seuss Recipes for Read Across America On Beyond Zebra

Zebra cookies are a simple recipe to make to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. After reading On Beyond Zebra, bake cookies in the shape of horses. They can be frosted with chocolate and vanilla frosting, or simply drizzle chocolate syrup over the horse shape.

Read Across AMerica Dr Seuss Recipes Yertle the Turtle



Turtle Food

After reading Yertle the Turtle, share some turtle treats, such as turtle candies. On allrecipes.com, you will also find recipes for turtle cookies and a turtle shaped bread. 

Chocolate Mousse

Thidwick the Moose Read Across AMerica recipes for Dr Seuss' Birthday

After reading Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, serve chocolate mousse as a Dr. Seuss celebration treat. Since Thidwick has a big heart, you can also top the mousse dessert with an assortment of different candy hearts from Valentine’s Day.

Using these recipes to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday will make literature units a more tasty one.

Make Some Mousse!

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This is a 6 pack of mousse that should be fun to make and eat with your kids.

Gummy Turtles

Haribo Turtles 200g
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These are a sweet treat to read after the class has listened to "Yertle the Turtle".


Feb 23, 2011 4:20pm
I always think of "Green eggs and Ham" but you have so many more ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday! Great, thanks!!
Feb 25, 2011 10:59am
Thank you!
Mar 1, 2011 2:21am
An excellent and original article. I had no idea Dr Seuss was still so big in US schools. I enjoyed reading him as a child but not common reading fare in UK
Mar 4, 2011 11:06am
Thank you, Phil! Dr. Seuss is HUGE!!!! We have cartoons with the Cat in the Haton public television, his books are everywhere, and he has a special prominence the week his birthday falls.
Mar 5, 2011 1:19pm
I never would have thought of using recipes to celebrate Dr. Seuss week here. I accidentally found this. Thanks.
Mar 5, 2011 1:58pm
Original, and delightful feature!
Mar 5, 2011 5:16pm
What a cool idea for Dr. Seuss week. Great article!
Mar 5, 2011 5:47pm
This is a wonderful Dr. Seuss article, and I'm so glad it is featured, now. I remember when our daughters were little we got up one morning and, with the help of a little food coloring, made some green scrambled eggs with ham! Lots of fun.
Mar 6, 2011 1:45am
Wow, there are a lot of Dr. Suess books I've never even heard of. Guess I need to catch up on my reading. Way to go!
Mar 6, 2011 4:04pm
Great article on Dr. Seuss and very nice feature.
Mar 6, 2011 7:46pm
Congrats on the feature. Loved all the individual recipe ideas. A way to add more fun to the Seuss celebrations you described so well, is to download a Seuss app and share it with kids on an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. The beauty of sharing the app, especially on an iPad, is when a child touches an object on the screen, a voice describes that object. A voice-over will also read the book to children who are too young to read. There are many options offered for kids to interact with these apps. At this point there are a little over 20 of the Seuss book apps but in short time each title will be available. You'll find them at www.oceanhousemedia.com/products/drseuss/ Congrats Lynsuz on making this a fun read!
Mar 6, 2011 7:51pm
Sorry MommyX3. I was reading Lynsuz's comment and inadvertently put her name in my comment to you. Mea culpa.
Mar 17, 2011 9:43pm
Well this is so nice...I did not know Dr. Suess was still writing children's books. Brings back a lot of memories for myself and when my son was young. Thank you.
Apr 16, 2011 9:45pm
Love it, great read
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