Illustration of the cat in the hat with red text on a white background
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The Cat in the Hat is a character from a children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 – 1991), better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat was Dr. Seuss’s 13th children’s book. Published in 1957, it was written to encourage children to read by themselves. The story is told in approximately 230 words, all of which are familiar vocabulary for beginner readers. By 1960, The Cat in the Hat had sold nearly one million copies. The success of the book inspired the creation of Beginner Books, a collection of books for children learning how to read. Other Beginner Books written by Dr. Seuss include The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Hop on Pop, and Green Eggs and Ham.