November 25th is P.D. Eastman’s birthday! He would be 110 years old if he were still with us. When I think of P.D. Eastman, the first thing that comes to mind is his book, Go, Dog. Go! He illustrated and frequently authored 18 picture books for children that are easy to read and often giggle-inducing. I admittedly knew nothing about the author until I looked up some information. And here’s what I found!
- P.D. stands for Phillip Dey.
- Phillip Dey Eastman worked for Disney Studios and the United States Military creating animation.
- While working for the military, he met Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Together they created animated shorts about a truly unfortunate soldier named Private Snafu. The goal was to show new recruits the proper way to do things in the armed forces. Click here to see the cartoons on Youtube. (Remember that these were created over 75 years ago, with all that entails.)
- When Dr. Seuss began creating his Beginner Books series for Random House, he asked P.D. Eastman to contribute.
Celebrate P.D. Eastman’s birthday with your students on November 25th. Then have youngsters create their own version of Go, Dog. Go! with this booklet!