Did You Know: Children's Book Week (May 7-11)

Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat.

— submitted photo.

“The Cat in the Hat” was born out of Dr. Seuss’ desire to find a more compelling way to teach kids basic reading skills.

In the book “Goodnight Moon” a mouse appears on each page, and the clock slowly changes from 7:10 to 8:10 as the book progresses.

The title character in “Clifford the Big Red Dog” was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife.

The famous girl detective Nancy Drew might have been known by a different name. In the early stages of the series, the publisher considered naming her Stella Strong, Nan Nelson or Diana Dare.

Dr. Seuss bet his publisher $50 that he could write a book using 50 words or less. He won, his book “Green Eggs and Ham,” contains exactly 50 words.

When Maurice Sendak was illustrating a book about horses, he realized he wasn’t very good at drawing them. Instead, he turned them into strange beasts. The book became “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book.

Beatrix Potter’s manuscript “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” was rejected by publishers six times. Potter was determined to see her book in print and self-published 250 copies. Since then, it has sold more than 45 million copies.

The Harry Potter books were the first children’s books on the New York Times Bestseller list since E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” in 1952.

Before Google bought it from them, the domain name ‘gmail.com’ was originally used by Garfield.com to reply to fans of the comic strip.

Dr. Seuss’ first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by over 20 publishers.

Carolyn Keene, to whom every book featuring Nancy Drew is attributed, is not a real person. Keene is a pseudonym for the many authors who contributed to the mystery series.

— (www.interestingliterature.com)

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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