Colors of Seuss

Many people without young children start wondering why Dr. Seuss becomes so popular this time of year. It is primarily due to the Read Across America initiative. This initiative is celebrated around March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. During this time, many elementary schools celebrate with week long festivities that include hair, socks, shirts and key dress up days for students and teachers. Today, we celebrate by honoring the colors of Seuss!

The nice thing about the colors of Seuss are that the colors are simple often reminding us of our childhood.

The ever so popular Cat in the Hat. This is the most popular color palette with the bright red making its big debut. This is offset by the sky blue with white and black accents.


If needed, other accent colors can be pulled from a yellow or a royal blue. Many will use a royal or red glitter to add some extra sparkle.

Similar to and taken directly from the Cat in the Hat are Thing 1 and Thing 2. These 2 crazy haired guys have the same colors with exception to the hair. At times, the hair seems to give off more of a mint color as opposed to a sky blue.

You can use the traditional colors or you can pull the mint as a nice accent color.


Now if you replace the mint with a green apple, you will have colors that relate more to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. 

Like those above, a yellow or royal is a nice accent.

I mentioned some of the variations above. If you were to use a red instead of a bright red, the combination of colors would still be pleasing and would still tell the Seuss story. If you decided a lemon yellow as opposed to a plain yellow suited your design better, the palette would still work as Seuss inspired.

If you would like something a little more orange, The Lorax should fit that category.

Accent colors here might be a pink or green apple to indicate the brightly colored trees.

We conclude the Seuss journey with Oh, The Places You’ll Go! This color palette has a couple different variations and you can even see how the colors look quite different on the screen as well. Some show the colors as bright, like what you see here. Others show the colors as more of a pastel color palette.You could use either, for example exchanging a brighter pink for the bubblegum. (The lilac shown to the left actually shows more purple; however, my screen alongside the other colors is showing it more of a pink, which it is not.)

Now, if you wanted to make a tribute to any of the other Seuss books, most generally follow these same colors as you see in classics like Go Dog Go or Green Eggs and Ham. All are exciting and make fun use of color.