Dr. Suess Collection, UC San Diego Library

Long before he served up green eggs and ham, DR. SEUSS, aka Theodor Geisel, was full of surprises.

Who would have guessed that he came from a family of brewmasters, went to Dartmouth and Oxford, created ads for Standard Oil and drew political cartoons? Perhaps most surprising, though, is the fact that Seuss’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected more than two dozen times. March 2 marks the famous rhyming writer’s 110th birthday, and celebrations are taking place around the country. Here are a few of our favorites:

In Springfield, where Seuss was born, the courtyard of the Springfield Museums (www.catinthehat.org/memorial.htm) boasts a life-size sculpture of the author/illustrator. Horton the Elephant, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax are among his cast of bronze storybook characters who are also in residence. A birthday bash on March 1 will include a Dr. Seuss Cake Contest (www.springfieldmuseums.org).

Katie Craig/Springfield Museums
Just up the road in Northampton, R. Michelson Galleries (www.rmichelson.com) is hosting Hats Off to Seuss!, featuring hilarious headgear from ­Seuss’ secret “hat closet.” On view Feb. 24 to March 9, it’s a fitting homage to the man who wrote The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

Before his death in 1991, Seuss lived near the University of California at San Diego (www.libraries.ucsd.edu). This year’s annual party will take place on March 3 in front of the Geisel Library. Everyone’s invited for cake and music. Step inside all month to view materials from the Seuss Collection.    
Children’s literature connoisseurs claim Seuss, but Art on 5th (www.arton5th.com) in Austin has the largest selection of his fine and funky art. This year’s exhibition, from March 1 to 31, matches nicely with the Zach Theatre (www.zachtheatre.org) production of The Cat in the Hat. This family feature runs Feb. 21 to May 3. Oh, the places you’ll go to see Seuss events.

Visit www.readacrossamerica.org for more Seuss events.