Babies Born on March 2 Could Receive a Free Dr. Seuss Book — Here's How to Claim Yours

The giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.

<p>Getty; Amazon</p> A stock image of a baby and the cover of

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A stock image of a baby and the cover of 'The Cat in the Hat'

If your child was born on March 2, they could receive an additional birthday present — a brand new Dr. Seuss book.

To celebrate what would be the author and illustrator's 120th birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced that babies born in the U.S. on Saturday are eligible to receive a free and personalized copy of the classic book The Cat in the Hat.  

“Helping ensure all children have easy access to books and literacy programs has always been one of Dr. Seuss’s core missions," Susan Brandt, CEO & President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, says in a statement. "This pledge is an opportunity for us to honor this storied legacy and call attention to this noble cause."

<p>Amazon</p> 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss


'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss

The organization has 10,000 copies of the book to send out. To claim one, parents and legal guardians can register with an email address on, and must upload photographic proof of their child’s March 2 birthdate. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and to parents and legal guardians over the age of 18. 

One free book is available per household. Parents have 90 days to claim their book, beginning on March 2 and ending on May 31.

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Dr. Seuss, who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, remains a pivotal figure in children’s literature. Some of his most memorable books include 1954’s Horton Hears a Who!, 1957’s The Cat in the Hat, 1960’s Green Eggs and Ham and 1990’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!.

<p>John Bryson/Getty</p> Dr. Seuss in 1959

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Dr. Seuss in 1959

In 2021, six of Dr. Seuss’s books were pulled from shelves due to racist and insensitive imagery, Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the company told the outlet. In 2022, the Associated Press also reported that new books inspired by the author were being created by an inclusive group of writers and illustrators.

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Dr. Seuss’s birthday is now recognized as Dr. Seuss Day, but it also coincides with another book-related holiday. March 2 is also National Read Across America Day. Created by the National Education Association in 1998, the holiday aims to encourage reading amongst children and young adults.

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