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5 Dr. Seuss stories you should read to your kids

Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:33 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:33 p.m. MDT

Dr. Seuss is set to return to the scene with some unpublished stories. But which of his previously published stories could help you and your family? Here's a look.

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Who’s back? Why, it’s not the cat nor the hat. In fact, Dr. Seuss is back. Yes, yes, that’s a fact.

Rhymes and riddles aside, the famously known Dr. Seuss is set to return with a slew of lost stories called “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories" that will be published in September. The book will be a picture book with a few short stories from the golden years of Dr. Seuss, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Dr. Seuss’ stories have been a mainstay in children's literature since they were first released in the 1950s. Experts have oftentimes commended Dr. Seuss’ works for their readability and enduring qualities. Ann Neely of Vanderbilt said the rhyme schemes and repeated sentences seen in Dr. Seuss books are often good for kids while their brains are developing.

“Children in the stages of early literacy need to develop strong foundations in phonological awareness,” Neely said, according to Vanderbilt’s website. “I think the rhyming can be used in a variety of ways in this regard.”

So which of Dr. Seuss’ books should your child be reading? Here’s a list of five Dr. Seuss stories that you might want to introduce to your kids. Oh, the places they will go.

“The Cat in the Hat”

No list of Dr. Seuss’ books would be complete without his most famous work, which features a cat, donning a tall, striped hat, intruding on the tales of two younglings, who are struggling to make sense of life. The cat — as courageous, mischievous and snarky as he is — teaches the kids a lot about learning to enjoy life and let loose every once in a while. Studies have said that having fun is crucial, whether it's by playing video games or sports.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Ah, the Grinch and his heart that is three times too small. Though the majority of this story may offer interesting tips on stealing from good-hearted people, the moral reveals much more. Mostly, it’s about teaching kids right from wrong, something they can figure out from as young as 6 years old, experts say.

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

This is a go-to graduation gift. Seriously, it always nears the top of the charts come graduation season. It’s all about teaching kids where they can head in life and where they might look for the future. It’s heavily valued by teachers, too, having made this list of top 100 books for children by the National Education Association.

“Horton Hears a Who!”

This book is about one thing more than anything else — equality. Telling the story of Horton the elephant, who tries to save the insignificantly small Who population, the story is a way of promoting how no matter the size or color, people are all the same, experts have said.

“Green Eggs and Ham”

Not only will “Green Eggs and Ham” give you a chance at making an excellent meal for your family, but it’ll also teach valuable lessons about trying new things and being open to new experiences. For kids, it’s a message about embracing something you might not like, and expanding your boundaries beyond what you think is possible. And the key to getting kids to try and like new things is to start when they’re young, a recent study found.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner

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