About Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge!

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Calling All Readers

Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s lifelong goal to make learning to read fun, the Word Challenge is about having zany good fun while reading as many words as you can this summer! We are challenging you to help us reach our goal of 250 million words read by July 15. Sign up and start logging words from any Dr. Seuss book.

This year we’ve added great new books in the Word Counter-Upper, including many classics now in Spanish. Join the fun as we read a different fan favorite each week! Get your copy ready now:

Week One: May 21 – May 27

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Week Two: May 28 – June 3

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Week Three: June 4 – June 10

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Week Four: June 11 – June 17

What Pet Should I Get?

Week Five: June 18 – June 24

The Cat in the Hat

Week Six: June 25 – July 1

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Week Seven: July 2 – July 8

Fox in Socks

Week Eight: July 9 – July 15

Green Eggs and Ham

Oh, What a Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz!

Not sure how to count some of Dr. Seuss’s ingenious word creations? Never fear—use the handy-dandy Word Counter-Upper to discover exactly how many words are in each of Dr. Seuss’s books. Once you’ve read a book, simply add it to your log and watch your word total rise.

For the ever-so-curious, read on. These rules explain how we determined the total word count for every title that is on our Word Challenge book list.

Don’t miss the Word-a-ma-rometer on the home page. Every time you log a book, watch for your zany name to appear on the contributors board. Every word read boosts the Word-a-ma-rometer. Check back for daily updates!

Will you CRUISE to the top?

Parents, sign up for a family account complete with a unique ZANY name. Make sure to enter the Word Challenge Sweepstakes when you create an account (one entry per household). Prizes include:


Carnival Cruise Vacation Package


Dr. Seuss Swag Bag (valued at $250)


Library of Dr. Seuss Books (valued at $100)

A love of reading may last a lifetime, but this Word Challenge only runs from May 21 through July 15, 2019.

Even MORE ways to join the fun!

The nationwide contest offers readers, families, and communities a unique opportunity to work together towards a shared reading goal of 250 million Dr. Seuss words, all while helping to prevent the summer reading slide.  Carnival Cruise Line is partnering with Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises to support the challenge.

Carnival Cruise Line will be challenging consumers to read the most Dr. Seuss words at sea. Beginning in early June, the line’s seagoing vacationers will be encouraged to participate. In support of the Word Challenge, Carnival will track the words read on board by guests each cruise and add them to the Word-a-ma-rometer on Seussville.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between May 21, 2019 and July 15, 2019. Open to US residents, 25 and older. One entry per household. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See www.seussville.com/wordchallenge/sweepstakes-rules for full details.